The Heartland took time on Monday to pause and remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
At Truman State University in Kirksville, the Multicultural Affairs Center held the opening ceremonies for the 6th annual Martin Luther King Junior Collegiate Challenge.
Around 250 students gathered at the Baptist Student Union on campus for an introduction to the day of service. The goal was to make it a day of giving back to the community, all to remember the legacy that Dr. King left behind.
"We're hoping that the students understand the impact even a small day of service can have on someone's life. We want them to know that you can learn from that. Dr. King left us a legacy to reach out to the community," said MLK Day Committee Member Jaronda Williams.
After the opening ceremonies, the students were divided up into teams and went out of different parts of northeast Missouri and worked on challenge projects.
KTVO caught up with a group of students at The Crossing Church in Kirksville as they were sorting clothes for the thrift shop, painting walls and organizing the children's room while working together as a team.
"The groups are going really well. What's really unique about the challenge is that we are put with people we never met before for the most part. The groups are random. It's a good bonding experience," said Site Leader Julia Price.
The community challenges required students to use critical thinking, problem solving and other skills as they address social issues in addition to reflect and celebrate Dr. King's life.
The day of service concluded with a refection dinner early Monday evening.