MLK Day of Service

POSTED: Monday, January 16, 2012 - 12:18pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 1:59pm

The second annual MLK Day of Service brought out hundreds of students, staff and volunteers to give back to the community in honor of Martin Luther King.

"It's Martin Luther King day, but it's just a day to remember and celebrate and just to give back to the community," said UTB student, Natalie Cepeda.

The Brownsville City Cemetery, a historical site, near Madison and Fifth streets is just one of several sites getting a little TLC.

"It's good to take care of our heritage and culture, it's just a good thing to do," said volunteer, Karla Cruz.

She and other young adults out here could be kicking back at home, but instead they're out making a difference.

For many, the MLK holiday is a day off, but for nearly 500 UTB students it was “a day on."

From raking leaves to picking up trash these men and women are
leaving a positive impression on the community as did Martin Luther King, the civil rights leader they are honoring today.

"We're representing MLK who fought (for) civil rights and down here we're a minority to the overall American population, down here it's mostly Hispanic so it's a great way to show how we can give back and how we're representing," said UTB student, Christopher Pena.

For the majority of these volunteers it's also about taking pride and improving the city in which they live.

"Brownsville is one of the biggest cities in the valley and just to show its culture and heritage from our Hispanic background. We just want to give back to the community and show that we still have leadership and that we do care about our community and our members of the community as well," said UTB Student, Natalie Cantu.

Other projects Monday included cleaning up and repairing trails at Sabal Palms , building a butterfly garden at Monica's House, visiting with the elderly and reading to families at the Brownsville Literacy Center.

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