Kudos to college, students for Day of Service idea

A new idea at Marietta College exceeded the organizers’ expectations this week, and we hope it will also spur some similar action at other area schools and businesses.

The college canceled classes Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and instead encouraged students, faculty and staff to use the time to give back. Their day of service included projects at the humane society, the Washington County Boys & Girls Club and some on-campus work that included packing and delivering GoPacks of food for area children in need. Those who planned the activities thought they might have 200 volunteers–they got double that.

The hope is to make the service day an annual tradition at Marietta College and with first-time participation numbers that high, it’s likely that it will be a successful endeavor year after year.

We hope some other entities can look at what the college accomplished and try to emulate it. Area schools also have the day off for the holiday. Maybe next year they could plan some projects in their communities and get younger students involved.

And it wouldn’t have to stop with schools. Area businesses and government could take part, too. Imagine what could be accomplished.

It’s a great way to honor the legacy of King and to connect with and help the community. Let’s get even more projects going next year, at the college and beyond.