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Lawrence Tech to boost student participation in MLK Day of Service

Release Date: December 8, 2009

Southfield, Mich. - To commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lawrence Technological University will participate in a two-part MLK Service Event on Jan. 16 and Jan. 18.

On Jan. 16, Lawrence Tech will join students from Ferndale's University High School in a day of service in honor of King's commitment to others. The volunteers will do improvement projects at  University High School, such as painting, cleaning, and other forms of beautification, as well as other projects in the community. Lawrence Tech students who volunteer that day will also have the opportunity to mentor the students and share stories about student life.

University High School (UHS) is a public high school with a rigorous college prep curriculum with college success its primary goal for students. Ferndale Public Schools established UHS several years ago in partnership with Lawrence Tech.

Two days later on Jan. 18, Lawrence Tech will join an existing partnership between University of Michigan-Dearborn, Henry Ford Community College, Madonna University, and the United Way of Southeastern Michigan to provide volunteers to local community agencies and inspire long-lasting and positive change throughout the Metro Detroit area. More than 800 students volunteered at the 2009 MLK Service Event.

Lawrence Tech sent a few students to the first event and will increase its participation to 80 for the two 2010 events. The event coordinators at Lawrence Tech include Campus Engagement Fellowship sophomore Anna Spens and freshman Christopher Harris. Melissa Grunow, leadership curriculum coordinator, and Jessica Shaddawvine, AmeriCorps*VISTA, are their advisors.

Lawrence Tech's participation comes at a time when the University is putting a stronger emphasis on student leadership development and civic engagement.

Lawrence Tech's commitment to the national Martin Luther King Day of Service, which encourages individuals to "Make it a Day On, Not a Day Off," is partially funded by two grants, Campus Engagement Fellows and the MLK Challenge Grant, provided by the Michigan Campus Compact, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and Learn and Serve.

Lawrence Technological University,, offers nearly 100 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech's 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.