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LWC's Malvina Farkle Day celebrates community, service
All the excitement in town yesterday: Malvina Farkle Day
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By Duane Bonifer
Columbia, KY For Lindsey Wilson College Assistant Professor of Religion David Calhoun, the college's annual Malvina Farkle Day is about the spirit of service.
Calhoun led a group of 10 LWC students to the Adair County Board of Education's main office, where they washed windows, and then over to the football field, where they helped out.
"It was good just to make a connection with people in the community we haven't met before," Calhoun said.
Calhoun said the spirits of friendliness and service are what sustain and support the day.
"It's just the spirit of it that makes it such a great day," he said. "I'm amazed at the turnout -- you get students up at 7 o'clock for breakfast, which is really just a lot of fun. There's just a real sense of being connected to the community in a way that I don't think a lot of places experience. ... (The day) keeps us in the spirit of being a servant. We want to develop servant-leaders ... people who really have a sense to give back, and the students here certainly display that on Malvina Farkle Day."
Malvina Farkle Day is named in memory of a mythical Lindsey Wilson alumna and staff member who lived a life of service and having fun. Classes are dismissed for the day while students spend the morning working on community service projects. The afternoon includes campus games and activities.
This year's afternoon activities also included workshops, sponsored by the LWC L3 Leadership and Bonner Scholar programs, that allowed students to reflect on their day of service.
"You see the smiles, you see the laughter and you see people coming together, and they really see it's a really great day," said LWC Dean of Students Chris Schmidt. "We give of ourselves, it truly becomes fully service-oriented."
LWC freshman Andrew Coffey of Monticello, Ky., said he enjoyed his Malvina Farkle Day because it gave him not only the sense of accomplishment but that he also helped others.
"I really enjoyed it because I just like being able to help out wherever you can," Coffey said.
The Columbia-Adair County places involved with Malvina Farkle Day were:
This story was posted on 2015-09-10 04:41:22
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