East Stroudsburg, Monroe County – While Martin Luther King Junior day was Monday, events to honor him continue. East Stroudsburg University students were still on winter break during the holiday so they honored the civil rights leader Thursday.
Phillip Anthony was one of more than 100 students who helped with East Stroudsburg University’s first Day of Service event. “It’s just nice giving back,” he said.
Anthony told Eyewitness News he doesn’t think he would have been able to become a college Graduate Student without Doctor King. He noted, "He broke a lot of doors and he struggled a lot for us to even go to school for us to have equal rights and it's just remarkable."
While Anthony worked on designing cards to give to senior citizens, others made blankets and scarves for children in need. "It's pretty gratifying and rewarding, especially with it being so cold I'm glad that there is going to be availability to keep them warm," said event co-coordinator Jill Harper.
Cornelia Sweill-Allen is ESU’s Multicultural Affairs Director. She said she is proud of the students. "Our students on our campus absolutely are very giving and they're always volunteering,” she smiled.
In addition to doing projects, they also volunteered at a soup kitchen, read to children, and collected canned goods and gently worn clothes for people in need. "I'm just so grateful. I think our students are great and they always are looking for opportunities to get involved,” said Sewill-Allen.