Story by Callie StarnesEyewitness News Reporter/Anchor
HAMILTON COUNTY, TN. (WRCB)-- The Martin Luther King Holiday was a day of service for several student groups.
Bryan College sent its students and staff into the community to help families, churches and non-profit groups.
Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "everybody can be great because anybody can serve."
Bryan College students put that saying to use by rolling up their sleeves and serving complete strangers.
Armed with vacuum cleaners, paint brushes and gloves, Bryan College students set out to serve their community, inspired by the late Martin Luther King Jr.
"It's able to represent what he stood for, what he would have wanted," says Matthew Janzen.
Classes were canceled for the MLK Holiday.
But instead of spending a day off, these students are working, helping the Patterson family on their 30-acre farm.
A family, that until Monday, these teens had never met.
Daniel Jackson says Bryan College's mission fits that of Martin Luther King Jr. and his vision to serve others.
Daniel says the day-on gives him a chance to meet new people away from the daily grind on campus.
"You know, working a bon fire and clearing brush. I really can't do that in the middle of my dorm," says Jackson.
The payoff comes in knowing the Pattersons were helped.
For Daniel Jackson, that is what the MLK Holiday is all about.
"It is nice to just do service. I might do more service in the future, who knows," says Jackson.
Bryan College has honored Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of service since 2005.
An estimated 600 students and staff participated Monday in projects across Rhea and Hamilton counties.
The vigil and balloon release will take place from 6 pm to 8 pm at the crash site on Talley Road.
900 Whitehall Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
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