Ridgefield residents celebrate MLK Day with some Wingate University students
Residents of Monarch’s Ridgefield Home in Union County recently celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by spending time with a group of Wingate students to discuss equality and the life and message of Dr. King.
Wingate students from the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity visited the Monarch home and conducted an art project with the residents. The group worked together to create a large paper chain full of links in an array of colors to represent differences and symbolize the equality of all people, in an effort to personify King’s dream.
Lacey Gulick, operations manager at Monarch’s Campus Park Drive, helped organize the event and said equality was one thing that Martin Luther King Jr. strived for, which is why Wingate students decided to celebrate it with residents at Ridgefield. She noted the day was important because the people we support love to meet new people and invite them into their lives.
“Bringing volunteers into Monarch increases equality to those who live with disabilities, Wingate University and our community as a whole. The people supported were thrilled to have new people in their home. There was a lot of clapping, singing, laughter and gratitude all throughout the home,” Gulick said. A few months ago Gulick, and one of the people we support, Charles Smith, had the opportunity to host a table at Wingate’s Internship and Career Services Etiquette Dinner and, through that interaction, students learned about Monarch. The MLK Jr. Day event was the first volunteer event at Monarch for the Wingate students.
Gulick hopes to continue the unique “link” created with Wingate University and said they are planning to attend the annual Shakespeare Competition at Wingate on Feb. 11 and participate in Wingate’s Career Fair on March 27.