FSC Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr., Day with Program, Service Project

Jan 20, 2020

by FSC Staff
Photographs by Emily Plank

Students, faculty, and other members of the Florida Southern College community attended a special Day of Impact event on Mon., Jan. 20, to honor the memory and reflect on the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Antoinette Warren
FSC student Antoinette Warren, a member of the poetry club on campus, presented an untitled poem in tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., during FSC’s Day of Impact event on Mon., Jan. 20, 2020.

The annual program and luncheon featured a talk by Sheila McCants, district program manager in the Office of Equity, Diversity & Special Programs at Hillsborough Community College, and included a student service project in conjunction with kidsPACK, Inc., a local nonprofit that works with area schools to provide nonperishable meals to hungry and homeless children.

More than 100 FSC students worked together to assemble and wrap 250 kidsPACK trays, each of which contained the equivalent of six weekend meals: two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners. Currently, the Lakeland-based organization feeds 1,622 food-insecure children weekly, according to kidsPACK Program Manager Amy Royal, who was on hand to coordinate the team initiative. The collaborative project was organized by FSC’s Student Government Association, the Multicultural Student Council, the Evett L. Simmons Center for Multicultural Appreciation, and the Center for Student Involvement.

The annual event and its accompanying service project were held in the George W. Jenkins Field House on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, a federal holiday to commemorate the accomplishments and continuing influence of the slain civil rights leader.

FSC students worked together to assemble weekend meals to be distributed to food-insecure children in the area.
Program Manager Amy Royal of kidsPACK, Inc., second from left, assisted the volunteer efforts of FSC students as they prepared trays of nonperishable meals.
Students who assembled kidsPACK meal trays included Gracie Westerfield, FSC student and Miss Polk County. “It’s really special that students are working together on their holiday, to spend their time toward service and a cause bigger than them,” Westerfield said.
kidsPACK project
More than 100 volunteers worked in teams, above, to assemble trays of nonperishable food for distribution by kidsPACK, a local nonprofit organization. Students assembled 250 trays of food, each of which was equivalent to six weekend meals for a food-insecure child in the area. Members of FSC’s Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity also wrapped kidsPACK meal trays during the annual Day of Impact event. Members of the fraternity also work with the local nonprofit on a number of other occasions throughout the year.
Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity members