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Students take modern twist on celebrating Dr. King’s legacy

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JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) -- One local school had a unique approach Monday to celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Students volunteered at local senior centers to help them with technology problems like phones or laptops.

At face value, Monday's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service was about the students teaching others, but some of the ones 12 News spoke to said they're the ones who learned the most.

One of four projects going on as part of that day of service, the students helped residents with problems like how to use Uber and how to turn on notifications.

Senior participants said the students were extremely helpful in helping them better understand their technology.

Binghamton University staff said they hoped the students would learn valuable lessons from engaging with community members away from the university, and the students couldn't agree more.

"It's really easy to feel trapped in the Binghamton bubble, and by volunteering and going to different communities like Johnson City, Endwell or other places in the Broome County area, you get exposed to so many different problems the area faces, and you get to meet so many different people," said Lexi Murman, a senior at the school.

Students said because they grew up with smartphones and different technology, it was nice to share that with other people.

Binghamton University organizes a day of service every year as part of its MLK Week celebrations. Other service projects this year included students helping at the Discovery Center and the Tri-Cities Opera.

Josh Rosenblatt

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