A Day On

"Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education,"  - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Nearly 300 Berry College students spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day making a difference in the Rome/Floyd community. 

Students volunteered at 24 locations including community gardens, the Boys & Girls Club, the Salvation Army and a food pantry. Berry students are well known for their volunteer work both on and off campus. Martha Berry, the school's founder, instilled the concept of "head, heart, and hands" in 1902 and more than 100 years later, the motto is still important and cherished by students across campus. 

“This event is engagement, don’t be afraid to engage in something that is different. Unite and grow and make America and Berry College be what it is today,” said Berry alum Floyd Johnson, who came to speak to the students. Johnson’s grandfather attended King’s famous 1963 speech in Washington D.C.

Junior Kassie Jones from Oviedo, Fla., volunteered with a program called TRED. The non-profit organization is works to develop trails to enhance a community's value, quality of life and increase economic development.

“MLK sacrificed so much to help end racial segregation in America and it is important for us to volunteer and continue to give back to the community just like he did,” Jones said.

Written by Public Relations Student Alexi Bell. Photos by student photographers Sara Leimbach, Jacob Bushey and Olivia Mead.