A student helps resident Doris Robinson with a craft.

On Jan. 15, 2018, several students from Indiana University Southeast in New Albany spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day carrying on the Civil Rights leader’s spirit of service at Green Valley Care Center in New Albany.


Sixteen students volunteered with the activities department.


“They were all excited to meet and spend time with residents doing various activities, such as trivia about Martin Luther King Jr., making peace doves, painting rocks and making wreathes out of card stock using the hand prints of residents and students,” said April Davidson, activity director.


“It was really nice and interesting,” said resident Doris Robinson. “I’m looking forward to them coming back.”


After participating in these activities, the students met with Davidson to learn about activities at skilled nursing facilities.


“They were very inquisitive and asked if we would like to start an Adopt a Grandparent Day and how the activity department runs,” said Davidson.


The visit made an impression on the students. Several of them took volunteer applications, and one took an application for employment. The volunteer leader took Davidson’s business card to put up information on the IUS campus website to recruit more volunteers.