Student Council Association Plans Service Projects While at WWU

The Missouri Association of Student Councils (MASC) will hold
its annual summer leadership institute June 5-10 at William Woods University. The institute is open to all students in
grades 7-12 from both public and private schools in Missouri, and each year
approximately 500 students from across the state of Missouri attend. 
 
The curriculum is an active, hands-on and high-energy
learning experience. Daily topics and breakout sessions include problem
solving, project planning, self-esteem, parliamentary procedure and meeting
skills, teambuilding, large and small group activities/projects.
 
All of these skills will be taken back home to assist the
students and their home councils improve their schools and communities.  
 
For the ninth time, a free children’s carnival will be held on
campus Tuesday, June 7, 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 MASC and
the camp director, 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.” 
                                                           
Special Olympics has been the MASC charity for 23 years, and
again this summer Special Olympics athletes will attend the MASC summer
leadership workshop to enhance their own leadership skills.
 
For the past eight years, MASC also has held a “Duck for a Buck ” race to support Special
Olympics. Campers and others are encouraged to adopt a rubber duck for
$1. The ducks are then “raced” across WWU’s Senior Lake at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, with the help of the Fulton Fire
Department. 
 
All proceeds from the race are contributed to Special
Olympics.  Over the years, MASC
schools have raised more than $240,000 for Special Olympics and participated in
15,000 hours of volunteer activities.  
 
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.

In addition
to the other service projects, MASC this year will collect money to be sent to
Joplin, Mo., to assist in the recovery efforts.

“Many
students, teachers and others in education have asked how they can help rebuild
the schools and what can be done to prepare for next school year,” Johnson said.

MASC is
joining the efforts of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary
Education, MSHSAA, and the Missouri Secondary School Principals in “Missouri
Kids Helping Missouri Kids.”

“All money
collected will be donated to this fund to support Joplin Schools.  Anyone
willing to donate can do so at McNutt Campus Center June 4-9, and MASC will see
that all money is delivered to Joplin at the conclusion of the leadership
workshop,” Johnson said.&nbsp