University of Bridgeport students Hyung Min Jun and Claude Germaine were interviewed by National Public Radio station WSHU as they volunteered during one of many Martin Luther King Day events hosted on Monday by UB students for the community.
Germaine, a biology major from Haiti, said her family’s home in Port au Prince was damaged, but she wanted to spend Monday helping local children create posters based on the theme of peace.
“Over there in Haiti, everyone is working together, so it’s related to what Martin Luther King wanted,” Germaine, 19, told WSHU reporter Craig LeMoult, who interviewed her during the Field of Hope indoor carnival that was held at UB’s Wheeler Recreation Center. “If you look around, we have every race and every background here, everyone’s coming together.”
The Field of Hope Carnival – which LeMoult told listeners was about “creating about fun ways for kids to learn about MLK” – was one of many Day of Service programs that are held annually on MLK Day in communities nationwide. Local events in Fairfield County were co-organized by UB students, the nonprofit group, Service for Peace, and other organizations.
Congressman Jim Himes (D-Connecticut) also spoke with Germaine when he attended the Field of Hope carnival. A potpourri of activities, the indoor extravaganza offered something for everyone: face painting, health evaluations by students from the Colleges of Chiropractic and Naturopathic Medicine, visits from the Bridgeport Fire Department, MLK-theme rounds of bingo, and demonstrations by the University’s women’s gymnastics team and the UB Tae Kwon Do Team.
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