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Many mark MLK Jr. Day by performing community service

By Ryan Hughes, Reporter, RHughes@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 15 2012 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 16 2012 05:29:10 PM CST

Many across the country are marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day by doing community service projects.

READING, Pa. -

A day of service is how many people celebrated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Almost 44 years after he was assassinated, Dr. King's vision of service and volunteering lived on as local college students used their day off from school to give back to the community.

Alvernia University students spent Monday sorting dog food and re-organizing a food container at the Animal Rescue League in Cumru Township.

Another group helped wipe down tables and couches and cleaned the inside of the Pagoda in Reading.

The students could be seen at 20 different sites across Berks County.

"Martin Luther King was always about getting out there and helping everyone and so it's just great to be doing something on this special day," said Alvernia student Tatiana Foronda.

Penn State students also donated their time to educate the youth about MLK and serve as role models for kids at the Olivet Boys and Girls Club on Clinton Street in Reading.

"It's a good opportunity to come out here and work with the kids and pretty much inform them of what happened back in the day and what they should do now," said Dwayne Bailey.

"It reminds me when I was a child and didn't have this experience.  Just being able to go back and help them is incredible, it's amazing," said Amanda Gonzalez-Ortiz.

The dream King had for a better future in 1963 is still living on in 2012.