Harper, Little City team for National Day of Service

  • Harper College News Bureau
  • January 26, 2016

MLK National Day of ServiceHarper College took part in the National Day of Service to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and transform his teachings into community service that helps empower and strengthen local communities.

More than 100 students, staff and faculty gathered Saturday to do a group service project assembling care kits for residents of Little City. They interacted with residents of Palatine-based organization, which serves children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Attendees also learned more about service opportunities at and beyond Harper and heard from keynote speakers Tom DePalma, an Associate Professor in Business and Social Science, and DuBoi McCarty, an Associate Professor in Student Development. McCarty said he hoped to inspire others to take personal responsibility for following their own dreams and visions, just as Dr. King did.

Though most communities marked the National Day of Service on January 18, students had yet to report back to campus. Organizer Chris George, Coordinator of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement, felt it was important that Harper participate and pointed to a well-known quote by Dr. King, who once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”