While some students take a day off on January 20 in remembrance of Martin Luther King's birthday, others will use that time to serve their community.
This is the second year Nick Kelly, South Dakota School of Mines grad student, will help collect cans for Feeding South Dakota and the school's own food pantry. "Service isn't so much just doing something as it is a mindset," said Kelly. He says last year they stood outside grocery stores on MLK day to collect monetary and food donations.
This year before they hit the grocery stores, they collected donations at the basketball games between the South Dakota School of Mines and their rivals Black Hills State.
Student Activities Director Cory Headley says students continue to recognize the need in the community. "We know that there is a need to help our fellow man and residents in Rapid City and hopefully this makes a holistic education for our students," Headley said.
Headley says doing service projects is a good way to spend MLK day in honor of MLK's lifestyle. "It's really part of his legacy. He was all about community," said Headley.
An idea Kelly agrees with. "Just putting yourself to be a little less selfish every day; just takes baby steps toward becoming a better person," said Kelly.
Between 50 to 60 students from ten different organizations from the School of Mines will be participating in the actual Day of Service on January 20.