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Helping Hands (and Feet) Add Meaning to King Tribute

Unselfish in their community commitment and undeterred by winter’s chill, about 225 people participated in Monday’s 10th annual Peace Walk to commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King. Members of the Penn College community (with notable contributions from fraternity members and Wildcat student-athletes) were among those gathering at Lycoming College’s Lamade Gymnasium for the kickoff event, and more than 150 walkers – honoring the theme of a day ON rather than a holiday off – stuck around to perform service projects on behalf of 15 local nonprofits (West End Christian Community Center, Saving Grace Shelter, American Rescue Workers, Sojourner Truth Ministries, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Footprints of Montgomery, New Love Center Food Pantry, Family Promise of Lycoming County, West House, Center City Food Bank, Firetree Place, Transitional Living Center and the Salvation Army in Williamsport, Muncy and Lock Haven). The two colleges were co-organizers, along with STEP Inc. AmeriCorps and the Beloved Community Council.

– Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

Graphic design students Joseph N. Colyer, of Selinsgrove, and Emily R. Kahler, of Pitman, carry college-prepared placards ...
Graphic design students Joseph N. Colyer, of Selinsgrove, and Emily R. Kahler, of Pitman, carry college-prepared placards …

... that helped unify marchers during their peaceful travels in Williamsport.
… that helped unify marchers during their peaceful travels in Williamsport.

The Sigma Pi brethren stand in solidarity with the day's purpose.
The Sigma Pi brethren stand in solidarity with the day’s purpose.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour shares the morning with Colin D. McOdrum, of Glenmoore, enrolled in welding and fabrication engineering technology ...
Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour shares the morning with Colin D. McOdrum, of Glenmoore, enrolled in welding and fabrication engineering technology …

... and offers uplifting words to a civic-minded audience.
… and offers uplifting words to a civic-minded audience.

Adding her inspirational voice is Mary Woods, author of "The Heart of the Matter" and member of the Beloved Community Council.
Adding her inspirational voice is Mary Woods, author of “The Heart of the Matter” and member of the Beloved Community Council.

Teaming up in the Bush Campus Center for the day ahead are Nicholas V. Walker and Alexandra M. Lehman, both of Williamsport and both majoring in business administration: sport and event management concentration.
Teaming up in the Bush Campus Center for the day ahead are Nicholas V. Walker and Alexandra M. Lehman, both of Williamsport and both majoring in business administration: sport and event management concentration.

Carrying a message of community and cooperation
Carrying a message of community and cooperation

Phi Mu Delta President Paul M. Lasell, of Williamsport, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major
Phi Mu Delta President Paul M. Lasell, of Williamsport, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major