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Area high school and college students will honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 17 by creating short videos that can change the community.

The Power of Putnam, Tennessee Tech University's Office of Minority Affairs and TTU's Service Center have organized a service project to kickoff a semester of service. The project's goal is to have area students create 30-second videos to address the dangers of substance abuse by teens.

"This event is open to high school and college students," said Justin Sweatman, Power of Putnam youth coordinator. "Students are asked to bring their flip cameras or other video cameras and their laptops. They can also bring props if they like, just nothing too large."

Students are encouraged to look at the videos on the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign at to see some sample videos. Videos produced during the event will be posted on the Power of Putnam's YouTube page.

The event will be held in the Roaden University Center Tech Pride Room, located on the first floor. The day's schedule includes free lunch, snack and soft drinks.

11-11:30 a.m.

Motivational introduction to MLK Day history

Introduction and guidelines for the project

11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Video production (students asked to bring their own laptops and flip videos if they have them)

2-3 p.m.

Video sharing and celebration

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday, and organizers see the milestone as a perfect opportunity for Americans to remember King's life and legacy and to honor him by taking action to solve problems in their communities.

"Martin Luther King devoted his life to advancing equality, social justice, and opportunity for all, and taught us that everyone has a role to play in making America what it ought to be," said Robert Owens, TTU's Minority Affairs director. "By serving today and throughout the year, we honor Dr. King and help realize his dream of equality and opportunity for all."

Many organizations, including Tennessee Tech and Power of Putnam, are using MLK Day as the springboard for service throughout the year.

Power of Putnam is a coalition that brings together community members concerned about substance abuse who want to develop and implement strategies in the community to prevent and curb the abuse. TTU's Service Center strives to coordinate volunteer activities for students, faculty and staff with a focus on matching volunteers with opportunities.

"We are excited that our semester begins with this opportunity for our students to serve in such a creative way," said Michelle Huddleston, TTU Service Center coordinator.

Area businesses can help support the MLK Day of Service in Putnam County by donating food and drinks. To donate, contact Betty Vaudt at or 372-3780.