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CU Students Volunteer in Honor of MLK Day

LAWTON Okla_ Cameron University students didn't have classes Monday, but that doesn't mean they weren't busy.

Many of them spent their day on, not off, by helping Lawton Public Schools. Crews of students were at five elementary schools, painting, cleaning and organizing books. There was plenty of work to keep students busy at each school: Sullivan Village, Jackson, Pioneer Park, Sheridan, and Wilson Elementary.

There were around 100 Cameron students at Sullivan Village alone, helping cross projects off their to-do list. Students were working on an outdoor classroom, painting and organizing books. The students thought spending their day volunteering was a great way to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"It's a way of giving back to the community, doing the best you can," Cameron Student Dere Ayansola said.

"I really wanted to give back to a community that has accepted us from our country, so it's a good way for us to say thank you," Cameron Student Demilade said.

Sullivan Village Principal Sylvia Moore said spending a day on, not off represents Dr. King well.

"This has just been a blessing to have them come out here and help us," Moore said. "Tomorrow when we have school, to see all the organization and restructuring of all the classrooms they've been working on is going to be pleasing and helpful to the teachers."

Moore said the projects the students worked on would have taken the teachers weeks to accomplish what they accomplished in just hours. Meanwhile, across town at Jackson Elementary, students were reorganizing a storage area and painting the auditorium.

"These students come from places where they don't have a lot, and I think it's good to show them that you can still have a little and have something nice to come around and learn," CU Student Savannah McAllister said.

"It's just a great message to show people that instead of just taking the day off, we took the initiative to help the community," CU Student Sidney McCormack said.

Jackson Elementary Principal Jacquetta Haygood said the students were doing projects she didn't even ask them to do.

"This was a great way of connecting with the community, because these are people that wouldn't normally come into the school," Haygood said.

Cameron students also volunteered Monday at the Lawton Food Bank and the Boys and Girls Club. It is estimated that tens of thousands of volunteers came together Monday across the nation to participate in the day of service.

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