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[bitsontherun 8bmr3qch] STARKVILLE, Miss. (WCBI) – Some MSU freshman gathered on campus today to kick off the Day One Leadership Program.

About 250 students took part in MSU’s annual “Day One Leadership Community Field Day”. The event helps students build connections, have a greater understanding of other volunteers, and learn to work in teams. The program pairs students with non-profit agencies in the Golden Triangle area to perform community service and volunteer efforts at no cost to the agency. One student who participated last year, says he can’t wait to work with local children again.

“I worked over at the East Oktibbeha Elementary School and one of the things that we did, we use to always get together with the kids for tutoring sessions. We’d bring them things or we’d have a little surprise for them if they’ve been doing good if the teacher says they’ve been acting right. Even if they’ve been acting bad, we’d take care of them. At the end of the year, we gathered all the students up and took them to the skating rink last year those kids had so much fun,” says 2nd-year program student, Kameron Deverteuil.

This year the program will partner with at least 35 agencies including the Boys and Girls Club, Starkville School District and Community Counseling Services.

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