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MLK Day of Service

Submitted by Ashley Van Hesteren,

On Monday, January 21, 2019, The Ohio State University Wooster Campus is encouraged to join millions of volunteers across the country as we honor and pay tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This national holiday is known as a “day on, not a day off.” While the university is closed and classes are cancelled, the MLK Day Committee invites you to join us in this first annual event. Faculty, staff, students, and clubs are all invited to participate as we help the greater Wooster community through meaningful service projects.

To learn more about this national day of service, visit:





9:00 am - 9:30 am

Participant check-in
Free donuts and coffee provided

Shisler Conference Center at the Ohio State Wooster Campus

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Speaker - Jeremy Grove, Agriscience Educator from East Tech, Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Shisler Conference Center

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Travel to volunteer sites

Van transportation provided by Ohio State Wooster Campus

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Service organized by United Way

Various service sites. To register for a morning session visit:  

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Travel back to campus
Free lunch and reflection

Shisler Conference Center

All participants are requested to ride in the University-sponsored transportation leaving from the Shishler Center. Vans will drop off and pick up participants at the various volunteer sites. Register for your service site on or before January 17, 2019. Special accomodations should be discussed with transportation cooridnator Keegan Hange (

Thanks to the United Way of Wayne and Holmes Counties, participants are requested to register for a MORNING service site of their choosing. For available options, visit the following website and be sure to register using your "" email address. Family and kid-friendly options are also available.        

A light continental breakfast of donuts and coffee will be provided. Join Dean Kress for a catered boxed sandwich lunch. Options include: Ham and American cheese or Turkey and Colby Jack. A water bottle may be handy to bring along to your service site should it be allowed. 

Participants are encouraged to wear closed-toe shoes and dress appropriately for their service site. Pay special attention to any requirements communicated by United Way and service sites may provide additional safety equipment required. All are encouraged to wear Ohio State attire. Participants will be provided a commemorative button. 

Mr. Jeremy Grove grew up in Logan, OH where he was an avid FFA member. His experience in the organization led to attending The Ohio State University for Agricultural & Extension Education. During that time, he served as an Ohio FFA State Officer and it confirmed his passion for both agriculture and education. After graduating in 2012, he went back to Logan to teach for two years but it wasn't enough. Authentic agricultural education has to take place where agriculture isn't. Jeremy moved to Cleveland where he started an Agribusiness & Production Systems Pathway at East Technical High School which is located in an underprivileged congressional district in Ohio. He taught for three years to get the program up on its feet calling it the most exciting years of his career thus far. By overcoming obstacles, Jeremy hopes to expand the program and agricultural education as a whole in the city where he now serves as the Career-Technical Education Program Manager. 

Starting Friday, January 11, stop by the table outside of the Library in Halterman Hall. Add your handprint to the banner to be displayed on campus.

Contact the MLK Day of Service Committee Chair, Ashley Van Hesteren ( 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service flyer