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Martin Luther King (MLK) Day of Service

For Students

What better way to celebrate the great work of Martin Luther King, Jr. than to spend “A Day On, Not a Day Off.” The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.

Monday, January 16, 2012 was the first MLK Day of Service on our campus! Four one-hour service events were scheduled throughout the day so that students could participate in one or more projects. First we headed over to the Polk County Humane Society, battling chilly temps and vicious wind chills, to walk dogs and brush and play with cats. A smaller group delivered meals as part of our regularly-schedule Home Delivered Meals event. After lunch we walked over to the North Country Food Bank’s packing operation, where we packed food bags for the Backpack Project that benefits children at local and regional elementary schools. Finally, we built puzzles and learned how to play Whist and Smear from the experts who reside at the Summit Apartments.


For Community Partners

In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday as a national day of service to honor King’s legacy by turning community concerns into citizen action. The MLK Day of Service is meant to empower and strengthen local communities. In the spirit of King’s teachings, the day is promoted as a “day on, not a day off”.

The MLK Day of Service was a new event at UMC in 2012. One-hour service projects were planned at various locations in Crookston throughout the day. Students were encouraged to participate in as many projects as they liked. If you are a community partner with an idea for a service project, please pitch a project!


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Small but mighty crew at the Polk County Museum on Saturday!
Small but mighty crew at the Polk County Museum on Saturday!

If you are a member of a club that still needs to get in a community service pro...
If you are a member of a club that still needs to get in a community service project, or if you are not in a club and just want to volunteer, Crookston Youth Service Day is this upcoming Saturday. Meet at Crookston City Hall, 124 N. Broadway for a light breakfast. Then we have a choice of projects: downtown flower planter cleanup, assisting with a couple projects at the Carnegie Library, and finally packing boxes at North Country Food Bank. Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board outside my office, 240 Sargeant Student Center OR just let me know you're coming and I'll sign you up!


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U of M Crookston Named to 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
For students working together across campus and across the community adds meaning to classroom studies and life. Service by students at the University of Minnesota Crookston was recognized recently when the campus was named to the 2014 President's Higher Education...

U of M Crookston, University of North Dakota, and Northland Community and Technical College to Co-sponsor Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration on Monday, January 19, 2015
Activities begin at 10:30 a.m. with a Unity Walk followed by a program and recognition.An area-wide Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration will take place in Crookston, Minn., on Monday, January 19, 2015, and is the result of collaboration between the...

Student Awards Celebration held on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the U of M Crookston
The annual Student Awards Program, a celebration of student service, leadership, and academic and athletic achievement, was held recently at the University of Minnesota Crookston.To view or download photos, visit the photo gallery. ward recipients include the following students:CSA Student Senators and...

IRS Certified Free Tax Service Available at U of M Crookston
Students in the University of Minnesota Crookston Accounting and Finance Society are ready to help with tax preparation. The VITA/TCE site will operate from Monday, February 24 through Monday, April 14, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from noon to 4...