The College of Family and Consumer Sciences officially kicked off its centennial celebration on Jan. 15 with the MLK Day of Service event.
Dozens of FACS students, faculty and staff participated in community service projects throughout Athens and the state of Georgia ranging from volunteering at a non-profit that feeds the homeless to packaging books at Books for Keeps and planting daffodils along the roadside.
The MLK Day of Service event is an annual celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday and his commitment to service. It is the only federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service.
“It’s a great honor to participate in the annual MLK Day of Service event,” said FACS Dean Linda Kirk Fox. “The essence of this event aligns perfectly with our college’s mission of strengthening communities and families. It’s heartening to see our community come together for this worthwhile mission, and I can’t think of a better way to kick off our centennial year than a service-oriented event like this.”
Morgan Easley, a senior human development and family science major, was one of many FACS students who participated in volunteer activities on Monday.
“The MLK Day of Service provided a time for me to connect with others and be of service,” Easley said. “I volunteered with Project Safe by helping to distribute hygiene kits and organizing merchandise at the Project Safe thrift store. The quote by Dr. King that best describes my service experience is: ‘It’s always the right time to do the right thing.’ ”
The College of Family and Consumer Sciences can trace its origins back to February 1918 and the establishment of a bachelor of science degree for women in the division of home economics within the UGA College of Agriculture.
The college will continue to celebrate its 100th “birthday” with events scheduled throughout the year.
Visit the college's centennial website to learn more.
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