As students sit in the gym waiting for their team name to be called, Marcus Graham sits on the stage along with the rest of the group leaders.
They are all preparing for Johnson’s day of caring, also called K-15.
Matt Shears, president of the Student Government Association, tells the student body about K-15.
“This event has been going on for nine years now,” Sheers said. “This is the largest attendance for K-15 we have ever had.”
An event that was started just after the 9/11 attacks to help serve the community, has now reached a new height of attendance at Johnson.
Graham has been proudly serving his time in the SGA for all four years of his college career. A third time leader of a K-15 group, he and five other students spent the day at The Love Kitchen.
The Love Kitchen has been serving the community around it for 15 years, and seeks to help the low income families around Knoxville.
Located next to the AME Mount Zion Church, the students found the sweet smell of lamb chops lofting through a gated parking lot.
The Love Kitchen Manager sat outside on a smoke break while the rest of the people were inside hard at work.
Several men and women sat inside in old, hole-ridden and dirty clothing, watching the news on a flat screen television.
All of the volunteers headed inside to prepare for the dinner they would be serving five hours later.
Marcus Graham wore a white plastic apron while standing in front of a steel table.
On his left side he had a bucket of lamb chops, grabbing each one and slicing away any fat that might be on it, then placing the cut meat on a pan.