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Lyon College Scots serve and celebrate on MLK Day

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On Monday, as part of Lyon College’s DREAM Week 2019, the College hosted Scots Servant-Leadership Day in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Associate Dean of Student Life and Director of Diversity Lai-Monté Hunter led the events of the day, including assembling care packages and writing letters for Operation Gratitude, and marching across campus, concluding with a Unity Circle ceremony.

“The vision of Scots Servant-Leadership Day,” Hunter explained, “is to strengthen our community by offering our individual time and talents.”

A total of 105 members of the Lyon community prepared care packages and wrote letters of appreciation to various “heroes” for Operation Gratitude, an organization striving to connect Americans to military and first responders through service projects. According to Hunter, these letters were addressed to deployed troops, veterans, recruits, and first responders. Hunter hopes that these letters will “positively impact lives beyond our campus and remind our public servants that they are appreciated.”

Following the assembly of care packages and writing of letters, Hunter said that “participants from various generations reflected on the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by marching together across campus and rededicating [themselves] to the dream through a Unity Circle ceremony.”

“As a beneficiary of the dream, I find it an honor and privilege to assist in creating opportunities to continue the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr,” said Hunter. “He was a pillar in our community with a voice that echoed an everlasting message of freedom and equality for everyone.”