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LWC's Malvina Farkle Day gives back to the community
By Venus Popplewell
LWC Public Relations
When Lindsey Wilson College freshman Trinity Deaton was awakened by a loud knock on her door at 7 a.m., Wednesday morning, she was well aware of what was about to happen.
"I have two sisters who attended LWC," said Deaton, a psychology student from Breckinridge County, Kentucky. "So I already knew about Malvina Farkle Day, but I did not know exactly what it entailed."
Deaton was one of more than 800 LWC students, faculty and staff who participated in the campus-wide day of service known as Malvina Farkle Day. Classes are dismissed for the day each year while students spend the morning working on community service projects. The afternoon includes a picnic on the campus quadrangle, games and giveaways.
Mike Watson from the Adair County Genealogy and History Research Center says he looks forward to the students stopping by each year.
"We appreciate it when the students lend a helping hand on Malvina Farkle Day," said Watson, a 1980 LWC history graduate from Columbia. "I can always remember the College doing service projects in the community. It's a terrific thing and I love to see these guys and gals out here doing all this wonderful stuff."
LWC Student Activities Director Anna Buckman says the annual day of service wouldn't be possible without participation from the local community.
"More than 30 community organizations offered to take part in Malvina Farkle Day this year," said Buckman. "I especially want to thank Mayor Pam Hoots, Judge Gale Cowan, and the Adair County school system for their help in organizing the service sites."
Buckman also says the two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic made the day even more special.
"This is the first time in two years we have been able to host the day without restrictions and we realized just how much we have missed it," said Buckman. "There was a lot of energy and excitement all over campus and we love serving the people and businesses that support us. We look forward to doing it again next year."
And although the day may require an extra cup of coffee and an afternoon nap, Deaton says it was worth it.
"I like that we help the community and actually get to know the place we are living in," said Deaton, whose service site was the Adair County Public Libary. "It's really fun - but it happens so early."
Among the Columbia-Adair County sites serviced by LWC students were:
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