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Students Head South in Relief Effort

March 23, 2006
By: Hillari Duthoo
State Capital Bureau

The Missouri Legislature was out this week on spring break. Break for MU students begins Saturday.

State Capitol reporter Hillari Duthoo (DOO-thoh) has more on how one group of students is using that time to give back.

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When you think of spring break, images of beaches and college students partying probably pop into your head.

But one group of students at the University of Missouri is using the time away from textbooks and heading to the coast for a different reason.

MU's Baptist Student Union is sending 38 students to Diamondhead Mississsippi to repair homes damaged by Hurricabne Katrina.

Junior Josh Arnone is looking forward to being able to give back.

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"I've been given so much and of course I can go to the beach or go wherever I want, but if I can just take a weekend and give back and just show my appreciation to my God and my family and people I don't even know, just to help them, that's what living's all about."

Even while on a mission to bring others relief, Campus Police Officer Adam Duncan says safety should never be far from a traveler's mind.

Duncan says he's impressed with MU's efforts to educate students about safe travels.

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"Any student who is not aware of how to perform routine maintainance like fluid checks, tire pressure checks, how to change a tire, all those sort of things that are routine maintainance on your vehicle, anyone who's not aware of how to do that, we try to show them how to perform that maintainance on their own vehicle."

Classes at MU will resume on Monday, April 3rd.

From Columbia, I'm Hillari Duthoo.

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Many college students are heading to the beach to soak up the sun and alcohol.

Reporter Hillari Duthoo (DOO-thoh) tells us of one group who's using it's time away from school to give back.

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When you hear the words "spring break," images of the beach, parties, and alcohol probably come to mind.

But one group of MU students, however, is traveling to the coast for a different reason.

MU's Baptist Student Union is only one of at least three organizations sending relief groups to areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Junior Josh Arnone is going to Diamondhead Mississippi with the BSU.

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"I've been given so much and of course I can go to the beach or go wherever I want, but if I can just take a weekend and give back and just show my appreciation to my God and my family and people I don't even know, just to help them, that's what living's all about."

MU students return to classes on April 3rd.

From Columbia Missouri, I'm Hillari Duthoo.

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The words "spring break" usually evoke images of beaches and beer.

Reporter Hillari Duthoo (DOO-thoh) tells us about one group of college students who are spending their time at the beach in a very different way.

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Members of MU's Baptist Student Union will leave Saturday for the Gulf Coast.

But they won't be lounging on the beach.

Adam Krueger is heading the trip to Diamondhead Mississippi where students will help repair homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

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"Most of the students that are going, they practice that kind of selflessness throughout their lives anyway. And whenever you got time, a whole week off, and you can enjoy that, I think a lot of the students just figure 'why not use that which I could be using for myself to go and help these people'."

Other organizations including the Christian Campus House and the University YMCA are also taking students to Mississippi this week.

From Columbia, I'm Hillari Duthoo.