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Campus Corps plans Martin Luther King, Jr. event

UMW News Bureau

The University of Montana Western Campus Corps will be presenting an event honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 16 at the the Old Depot Theatre in downtown Dillon at 6:30 p.m. UMW NEWS BUREAU FP001211The University of Montana Western Campus Corps will be presenting an event honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 16 at the the Old Depot Theatre in downtown Dillon at 6:30 p.m. Campus Corps is also coordinating several collaborative educational projects with local public school students ahead of the event. On Jan. 12 Dillon Middle School history teacher Lee Pelletier and his students will be creating a Martin Luther King, Jr. timeline as well as participating a civil rights-themed trivia game. Students at the Mary Innes School and Parkview Elementary will be participating in a “Read for Peace” event on Jan. 13 as well as a Martin Luther King, Jr.-themed art project. Beaverhead High School students in Steve Vezina’s English class spent time studying the civil rights movement on Jan. 5 and will take inspiration from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speeches to write speeches of their own focusing on current civil rights issues and what freedom means to them. All of the students’ projects will be featured at the Jan. 16 event. Complimentary refreshments will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. followed by readings by students in the Montana Western Twisted Ink English club. A keynote address by Montana Western  Professor of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences Michael Francisconi will conclude the evening’s events. Campus Corps seeks to actively engage college students in meeting community-identified needs through meaningful service. The program is affiliated with AmeriCorps and is sponsored by the Montana Campus Compact, a network of 19 college and university campuses located throughout Montana. The Old Depot Theatre is located at 15 South Montana Street in downtown Dillon. The event is free and open to the public.
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