Area high school and college students will honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 17 by creating short videos that officials say 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 www.mediacampaign.org to see some sample videos. Videos produced during the event will be posted on the Power of Putnam's YouTube page. 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. 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.