The Missouri Association of Student Councils (MASC) holds a leadership camp annually at William Woods University. Each year approximately 525 students from across the state of Missouri descend on campus to learn about Student Council, leadership, organization, team building, project planning and, most important, community service.
All of these skills will be taken back home to assist the students and their home councils improve their schools and communities.
This year, for the eighth time, a free carnival will be held on campus Tuesday, June 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. Twenty-six booths will be available for students in preschool to 6th grade. Booths include face-painting, ring toss, milk jug throw, moon bounce and a basketball shoot, to name a few. Drinks, popcorn and cotton candy will also be available at no charge.
According to Terri Johnson, executive director of the Missouri Association of Student Councils, the purpose of the annual carnival is two-fold. First, it teaches campers the necessary steps in planning a project and seeing it to completion. Second, it allows the students to do a community service project for the children of the Fulton area.
“Our organization stresses the importance of teaching service,” Johnson said. “Part of our mission is to help Student Council leaders learn the value of doing good deeds for their schools and communities. True leadership is serving your fellow man.”
She added, “The event has grown each year! We are really proud of our delegates and the job they do planning the booths. We want to reach out to the campus community and the greater Fulton area and invite students to our TOTALLY FREE carnival. Join us for what has always been a wonderful time for the students and a true leadership opportunity for our workshop delegates.”
An additional service project planned during the camp is the Special Olympics Duck Race, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 9. The MASC state-wide charity is Special Olympics, and campers are encouraged to adopt a rubber duck for $1. The ducks are then “raced” across WWU’s Senior Lake with the help of the Fulton Fire Department.
All proceeds from the race are contributed to Special Olympics. Last year the race raised more than $3,000. Members of the Fulton community can adopt a duck by visiting the workshop headquarters inside the McNutt Campus Center before 2 p.m. the day of the race.
For more information, contact Johnson at (816) 261-7079 or Mark Blakley at (314) 805-6724.