ETBU Students Bring Smiles To Kids’ Facesby Naomie Prioleau News Messenger
MARSHALL NEWS MESSENGER (9/15/13) - On a breezy Saturday in September, Robert E. Lee Elementary school and J.H. Moore Elementary school saw scores of students on their campuses playing games and throwing water balloons as part of East Texas Baptist University’s Fall Festival.
It was the second year Lee Elementary participated in the festival and it was Moore Elementary’s first time. The principals of both schools said this was something they plan on doing every year.
"This is our first year doing this and it’s in partnership with ETBU and they’ve done an excellent job and prepared everything for us,” Crystal Pyle, principal at Moore said. "This is a great way to connect with the parents in an informal way too and we want to continue to do this in the future.”
ETBU students volunteered at 20 different booths that featured different games including chicken toss, limbo, bowling and more.
Lisa Seeley, director for the Greater Commission Center at ETBU, said the university is big on serving the community and that Saturday’s event was just another example of that.
"Every year at ETBU we serve the community in some way whether that’s through Habitat for Humanity or visiting nursing homes,” she said. "This is another way we’re serving the community and to instill in our students the Christian faith of loving your neighbor.”
Kresha Lane, principal at Lee also used the festival as a fundraiser for her bail for the upcoming muscular dystrophy event at the Marshall Visual Arts Center on Thursday, Sept. 26. She said the children’s festival was helpful in that it taught the students an important lesson through all the fun they were having.
"It’s teaching them about giving back to the community seeing the ETBU students out here,” Ms. Lane said. "They’ve been doing a lot of community service here and we really appreciate everything ETBU does. We really appreciate ETBU bringing smiles to our kids’ faces.”
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