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FSU Receives Grant to Promote Service on King Holiday

The Center for Service, Leadership and AmeriCorps at Frostburg State University has received a grant from the Corporation for National Service (CNS) to support service activities on the Martin Luther King Holiday. The University will join with the First Presbyterian Church of Frostburg in sponsoring a service to celebrate King's legacy on January 15, 2001, at 2:30 p.m. Courtney Thomas, director of the America Reads program at the Center, wrote the FSU grant, which will be used to construct a shelter in the FSU arboretum for activities such as classes and picnics.

In the spirit of King's work, the service will celebrate the Center's work enhancing the arboretum during recent years. A keynote speaker will begin the service, and officials from the governor's office on service and leadership will offer remarks. Students who have contributed to the Center's work in the arboretum will also participate. For the third consecutive year, the National Coalition Building Institute will lead a community dialogue on race. At 5 p.m., Steve Shussett, pastor of Frostburg's First Presbyterian Church, will conclude the activities by leading a service celebrating King's life.

The FSU Center was one of 114 organizations selected in a national competition. These groups received grants to support service projects that honor King's legacy and advance his teachings by bringing people together to solve community problems.

"In our fourth year of funding, the Martin Luther King Day of Service has become an annual tradition in the Frostburg area," says Cherie Krug, the Center's director.

The focus of the grant is to promote the day as one of service. "Next January 15, we encourage all Americans to spend the King Holiday by serving their fellow Americans and making this a better country," says Harris Wofford, chief executive officer of the CNS. "The King Holiday should be a day on, not a day off, a day of action, not apathy, a day of responding to community needs, not a day of rest and recreation."

Sponsors for the day of service include the CNS in partnership with the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change and Best Buy.

"The greatest birthday gift my husband could receive is if people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds celebrated the holiday by performing individual acts of kindness through service to others," says Coretta Scott King.

Krug adds, "We serve in his memory."

For more information on the King Day of Service, contact Krug at 301-687-4210 or visit the Web site at

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, 301-687-4201, TDD 301-687-7955.

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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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