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Missouri State University Students Help Out

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Several Missouri State University students are on Spring Break together. But they're not partying at the beach. KSMU's Michele Skalicky reports.

At least 50 Missouri State University students are on their Spring break trip together. But they're not lying on the beach listening to the waves come in. Instead, they're in Bogalusa, Louisiana, a small town about an hour outside of New Orleans. Bogalusa was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina, and the students are helping to rebuild houses for those left homeless by the devastating storm. They're doing things like painting, landscaping and digging ditches for sewers.

Andrew Shaughnessy is director of multicultural and public affairs for the Missouri State Student Government Association, which is sponsoring the trip, and is one of the students who are going. He says he hopes their work will make a difference well into the future.

Shaughnessy says Missouri State's public affairs mission can be clearly seen in the students representing the university on the trip.

Besides the Student Government Association, other student groups helped raise money for the relief trip to Bogalusa, LA. They are University Ambassadors, Maroon Madness, the Student Organization Funding Allocation Council and Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity.