Students from Charleston Southern University, The Citadel and the University of South Carolina-Beaufort will be giving back to the community on their holiday off to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Dozens of students will serve on MLK Day at the Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, Pet Helpers, Charleston Development Academy and Eagle Harbor Boys Ranch.

College students from each school will be serving at the various sites from 9 a.m. to noon Monday.

“CSU is pleased to be part of this effort to honor the legacy and servant-leader model of Dr. Martin Luther King,” said Dr. Rick Brewer, vice president of students affairs and athletics.

Students from all colleges are invited to join the community wide volunteer effort.

Meanwhile, CSU on Tuesday will host the Black History Intercollegiate Consortium’s 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observance at 6:30 p.m. in Lightsey Chapel Auditorium on the North Charleston school’s campus. Members include CSU, Trident Technical College, Medical University of South Carolina and The Citadel.

Following the program, a candlelight observance will take place around the Reflection Pond in the center of campus. The public is invited to the program and candlelight service.

For more, go to csuniv.edu/news/mlk-observance.html.