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USciences Serves in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on January 21, 2020

MLK Day of Service 2020

In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, more than 270 USciences students joined faculty and staff volunteering at a variety of service activities on January 20, 2020. The day was an opportunity to connect with the greater community and give back to those in need.

To start the day, the campus community welcomed Erica Atwood, a community leader and chief of staff for Councilwoman Jamie Gauthier. Atwood spoke about how she and others can live every day in the example and words of Dr. King. She encouraged our students to strive for “radical service” in their lives and to think about the legacy and footprint they want to leave. 

The university community volunteered to spend time with veterans at both the VA Medical Center Philadelphia and at the Veterans Community Living Center. Others made banners for the medical center to welcome the veterans and thank them for their service. 

Others made cards for Cardz for Kidz, an organization that distributes handmade cards to kids who have suffered trauma. Partnering with Mural Arts Philadelphia, USciences students also helped to paint murals, including one which will go up on the Living & Learning Commons.

A group of physical therapy and occupational therapy students disassembled prosthetic limbs collected by Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics, Independence Prosthetics and Orthotics, Hanger Clinic, and Kinetic Prosthetics for the effort which is in its second year. The disassembled parts will be sent to the Range of Motion Project’s “Components for A Cause Program”, which provides care to patients without access to rehabilitative care in Guatemala, Mexico, Ecuador, and the United States.

USciences also hosted two free public events for the holiday. Children from the community participated in hands-on science experiments, played educational games and went through an obstacle course at Community Day @ USciences MLK Day of Service held in the Athletic/Recreation Center.

Partnering with Mt. Zion Baptist Church, located at 50th Street and Woodland Avenue, and Genesis Rehabilitation, students from many different programs provided a health clinic to community members, offering health screenings and guidance on how to develop a healthier lifestyle.

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