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Civic action, campus speaker keep ‘dream’ alive

Penn College students, faculty and staff were among nearly 430 volunteers at a “Pack and Share” event in the Lycoming College Recreation Center during the Jan. 20 kickoff of “Dream Week,” using their Martin Luther King Jr. holiday from offices and classrooms to better their community. During the three-hour service project, volunteers partnered with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to pack more than 2,300 meal kits for those in need. Several of the college’s student leaders were interviewed for a video posted to the On the Pulse local news site. The commemoration continued Thursday night, as Mike Africa Jr. – member of the MOVE organization, hip-hop artist and motivational speaker – delivered a keynote address in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. His “Never Give Up” message, also featured in Friday’s editions of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, encouraged neighborly collaboration as the key to societal change.

– Photos by Sammie L. Davis, coordinator of diversity and student engagement, and Tim Wegman, student photographer


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