VERMILLION, S.D. -- On Monday, Jan. 19, USD’s Alternative Week of Off-campus Learning (AWOL) program hosted a day of service to honor and celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. More than 80 students, faculty, staff and community members helped complete various service projects at local organizations like the Center for Children and Families, St. Agnes School, Vermillion Public Library, Heartland Humane Society, Vucurevich Children’s Center, Yankton Homeless Shelter, River City Domestic Violence Center and the Yankton Boys and Girls Club.
Project highlights included painting at the Newman Center, playing games and socializing with residents at the Sanford Care Center and Avera Yankton Care Center, assembling activity kits for children at Head Start, building and organizing a library for the River City Domestic Violence Center, preparing and serving food at the Welcome Table, baking cookies for The Center, and packing lunches for the Vermillion Backpack Program.
In addition to the day of service, keynote speaker Negin Farsad, a nationally-recognized social activist, filmmaker and comedian, was welcomed to campus on Tuesday, Jan. 20, as part of the MLK Jr. Day Celebration. Her address was entitled “Comedic Justice.”
For more information about AWOL or the Day of Service, please go to www.usd.edu/engage/service-learning/awol-alternative-breaks.cfm.