Sarah Eckel is a Girl Scout leader and has two daughters in Troop 474. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

The Annual Day of Service for Martin Luther King Jr Day will be held this Monday with some new twists and a free community meal. The “soul food” meal will feature fried chicken, collard greens and cornbread, and will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Morris Area Elementary School cafeteria. Sarah Eckel with the University of Minnesota Morris Office of Community Engagement told the KMRS Community Connection that there will also be free poster printmaking for the public from 6 to 7 p.m.

“It’s called gelatin plate printmaking. It’s a real easy form of printmaking,” said Eckel. “It’s really quick and a lot of fun. So, people will be making, like, Civil Rights-inspired posters. We have stencils and stuff that people can use and then they’ll be able to print.”

Helping the Office of Community Engagement are a number of student organizations, as well as Morris Area Community Education and the Morris Area High School Drama Club. College and high school students will be working all day on the 20th with elementary students on a number of Civil Rights-themed activities. Some of the students will share their efforts their public as part of an evening program being held before the meal from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. at the Elementary School. Help in the kitchen is appreciated from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.

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