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Volunteers Needed for International Culture Fair

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Hundreds of third through sixth grade students from the local area are taking a big field trip on Sept. 25. They'll be visiting the International Culture Fair, hosted by Missouri State University's modern and classical languages department.

"It's essentially a trip around the world," said Dr. Heidi Backes, coordinator of the event. "Students get a bag and a passport booklet. They visit 12 different booths, each representing a different country, and they do a particular activity related to the culture of each of those places."

Volunteers are needed to help run the booth, escort the children, ease the transitions or share their knowledge. Backes says that she needs in excess of 300 volunteers for this one-day event.

"One of the best ways that we, as a languages department, can help the community to explore these types of cultures and languages is by hosting events like this," she said. 

To volunteer, contact Backes at hbackes@missouristate.edu.

Nicki received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from Missouri State in marketing, in 2002 and 2004 respectively. After gaining experience in writing, marketing, special event planning, fundraising and public relations, she returned to the university to work in the office of strategic communication. There she tells the university’s story by sharing the stories of individuals at Missouri State.
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