Spring 2009 Issue

Service Call

Graduate student Alma Sanchez (foreground) ‘digs in’ to help build an environmentally sustainable landscape at the Town Park Village condos in Overtown January 17 as part of the Martin Luther King Day challenge.

Heeding a national call to service, more than 200 Barry University volunteers joined together January 17 to recognize the Martin Luther King Day holiday as a “day on,” not a day off.

Barry students, faculty and staff led service efforts in Miami’s Overtown and Liberty City areas, landscaping a housing facility and painting and landscaping one of the nation’s oldest public housing communities.

Students working at the Town Park Village condos in Overtown shoveled mulch, dug holes, planted and watered, building an environmentally sustainable landscape completely comprised of native Florida foliage. Others served at a project headed up by Hands on Miami, painting and planting at Liberty Square in Liberty City. The service component of Martin Luther King Day was designated by Congress in 1994, inspired by King’s words “everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” It is the sixth year Barry University has participated in the Martin Luther King Day challenge; although the event received renewed attention this year with President Obama’s call to service.