Tampa law school students volunteer at foster-care facility on MLK Day

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Students, faculty and staff from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay campus honored the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday by volunteering at Everyday Blessings, a foster care organization located in Thonotosassa.

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law students, faculty and staff are shown at Everyday Blessings foster care.
Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law students, faculty and staff are shown at Everyday Blessings foster care.

Volunteers provided lunch for foster children, ages one to 17, living at the facility. The foster children and WMU-Cooley volunteers played games and participated in various activities relating to who Dr. King was and the importance of commemorating his civil rights efforts. Additionally, Mark Patterson of the law school’s Student Bar Association gave a presentation on Dr. King.

Following the presentation, each child was paired with a law student to discuss their dreams.

“It was truly amazing to see just how touched and fulfilled the Cooley students were while discussing each child’s inner desires, said Tony Alvarado, student services coordinator for the law school. “Lifetime bonds were made that day which will facilitate an ongoing and growing relationship between WMU-Cooley Law School and Everyday Blessings of Tampa.”

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