Penn State Hazleton planning Martin Luther King Jr. Day events

HAZLETON, Pa. — Penn State Hazleton will hold several events to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 16. Students, faculty and staff have collaborated to plan events that will engage the Penn State Hazleton community in service while encouraging thought-provoking discussion.

All students, faculty and staff are invited to share examples of service they provide to the community in embodying King’s legacy at 12:15 p.m. in the upper lobby of the Charles T. Butler Teaching and Learning Resource Center. Cake will be served. Those in attendance can assist in cutting fabric for fleece blankets for homeless members of the community.

In the evening, students will make the blankets while viewing a biography of King. The blankets will be donated to the Divine Providence homeless shelter in downtown Hazleton. After viewing the biography, the group will discuss ways to continue King’s legacy on campus throughout the spring semester. The project and movie will be in the Special Events Room of Highacres Café from 5 to 7 p.m.

“We are proud to have so many students with a genuine desire to help others in their community. Service-oriented projects truly are a great way to commemorate Dr. King’s legacy and memory,” said Director of Student Services and Engagement Tracy Garnick.