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The Martin Luther King Day of Engagement
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” These words from Martin Luther King Jr. are the call to action behind the nationwide Day of Service that takes place on the King holiday. Every year Bard students, staff, and faculty take these words to heart as they volunteer with dozens of organizations across the Hudson Valley for the MLK Day of Engagement, ranging from Woodstock Animal Sanctuary and the Red Hook Public Library to Planned Parenthood.
Civic Engagement During the Language and Thinking Program
Every August, Bard College first-year students come to campus for an intensive, three-week introduction to the liberal arts known as the Language and Thinking Program. In addition to the academic program, new students take part in civic engagement opportunities on campus and in the community. Activities have included: refurbishing the Red Hook Food Pantry, working on the Bard Farm, visiting with residents of Ferncliff Nursing Home, and doing experiments with children at the Red Hook Library.
The Nourish Your Neighbor Food Drive
Bard partnered with the Ascienzo Family Foundation, Red Hook Rotary, and Red Hook Faculty Association to collect donations of nonperishable foods during the 2018 holiday season. Bard contributed 1,267 items, eclipsing the 2017 campus total. The joint effort of Bard organizers and community partners collected about 7,000 donations.
Our partnerships are guided by a desire to address community-defined needs in collaboration with local leaders and citizens. These opportunities prepare Bard students to make a difference in local communities and the world while elevating people's knowledge of and connection with Bard College.
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