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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:
  • JOY Ministries Crisis Center
  • Adair County Public Library
  • Trabue Russell House
  • Veterans Park
  • Adair County Recycling Center
  • Columbia Baptist Church
  • Columbia Square Clean-up
  • Roadside Clean-up -- Russell Road, Jamestown Street, Greenhills Road and Bull Run Road
  • Green River Lake Trash Removal
  • Jim Blair Center
  • Green River Animal Shelter
  • City Park Pavilion
  • ACPC Gym Class Volunteers
  • Adair County Little League Park


This story was posted on 2022-09-28 21:33:06
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Trinity Deaton and Brianne Ridinger



2022-09-28 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Psychology freshman Trinity Deaton from Breckinridge, County, Kentucky, and human services and counseling freshman Brianne Ridinger from Louisville, Kentucky, take part in Malvina Farkle Day at the Adair County Public Library. Lindsey Wilson College dismisses classes for the day each year while students spend the morning working on community service projects and playing games in the afternoon.

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LWC students volunteer at Genealogy and History Research Center



2022-09-28 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Adair County Genealogy and History Research Center Director Mike Watson receives help moving bulky items from LWC freshman Sho Ito from Funabashi, Japan, and junior international student ambassador Autumn Gregory from Monticello, Kentucky, during Malvina Farkle Day. There were more than three dozen service sites available for LWC students on Wednesday.

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Bowling Team helps out on Malvina Farkle Day



2022-09-28 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Husband and wife project leaders, LWC bowling head coach Johnathon Meece and LWC freshman advisor Carlyn Causey-Meece paused for a photo before heading to the Jim Blair Center on Wednesday. The LWC bowling team also used Malvina Farkle Day to help a local private resident with yard work.

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LWC women's soccer program on Malvina Farkle Day



2022-09-28 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
The LWC women's soccer program makes its way down Lindsey Wilson Street toward Highway 55 to pick up garbage around the Columbia Square and Jamestown Street for Adair County PRIDE. More than 800 LWC students, faculty and staff participated in the campus-wide day of service known as Malvina Farkle Day on Wednesday.

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LWC Archery Team volunteers at Green River Lake



2022-09-28 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Members of the LWC archery program finish their work at Green River Lake, cleaning and picking up trash. The group was led by LWC archery head coach Mark Elam during Malvina Farkle Day, on Wednesday. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, LWC's annual day of service was either canceled or held with restrictions for the last two years. Students eagerly took part in the more than 30 service sites offered for placement.

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LWC Baseball Team volunteers at Adair Co. Recycling Center



2022-09-28 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Some of the members of the LWC baseball team spent Malvina Farkle Day at the Adair County Recycling Center. Led by LWC Instructor of Communication Laura Burwash, the group cleaned and prepared the company for reopening. Lindsey Wilson College dismisses classes for the day each year while students spend the morning working on community service projects and playing games in the afternoon.

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GRAS sends thanks to LWC Cheer Team



2022-09-30 - Columbia, KY - Photo from Tammy Campbell, Director at Green River Animal Shelter.
Tammy Campbell, Director at Green River Animal Shelter says "Thank you to all the great kids on the LWC Cheer Team that came and helped out at the Green River Animal Shelter for Malvina Farkle Day. Awesome Group of kids!"

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