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Youngsters get taste of other cultures at Austin College

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Austin College student host youngsters at a 'Roo Bound event on September 21, 2019. (KTEN) Austin College student host youngsters at a 'Roo Bound event on September 21, 2019. (KTEN)
A grade school student decorates a paper lantern at a 'Roo Bound event at Austin College on September 21, 2019. (KTEN) A grade school student decorates a paper lantern at a 'Roo Bound event at Austin College on September 21, 2019. (KTEN)
Elementary students dance at a 'Roo Bound event at Austin College on Sepbember 21, 2019. (KTEN) Elementary students dance at a 'Roo Bound event at Austin College on Sepbember 21, 2019. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- Austin College brought kindergarten through fifth grade students together to "Hop Around the World" this weekend as a part of its 'Roo Bound campaign.

"We put on a free program; it's completely free... they just get dropped off," said Aneurin Minson, chair of the Service Station, which links Austin College students with local agencies that need volunteers.

Members of the school's Indian Cultural Association and Asian Students Association hosted the youngsters on Saturday to expose them to other cultures.

"It's a different type of education that might be totally different from what they're used to," explained Service Station board member Will McCarthy. "It's also just a fun chance for them to like engage with young adults in the community, and being on campus is really fun for them, being on a college campus."

The elementary students got a chance to not only learn new things, but also to feel more comfortable in a college setting.

"The thing that's really important is that they get to see that college is not a crazy scary thing, and then also that they learn something with these different groups that we bring in so they get to learn about the culture around the world," Minson said.

Being on a college campus at such a young age can be a little overwhelming. Once the activities began,  they got to come out of their shells.

"At first, some of them are a little nervous or like, 'What are we doing here?' And then within 30 minutes they start having so much fun," McCarthy said. "They're running around everywhere, and just can't control their excitement... it's great."

Minson enjoys when the kids are around... and seeing their reaction when it's over.

"They go see their parents and they run up to them. They're like, 'Look what I made! Look what I did!' They're always really excited to share with their parents what they did and what they learned."

If you'd like you child to join in future 'Roo Bound events, just send an email to servicestation@austincollege.edu. Include the child's name and grade, a contact phone number, and whether the child has any food allergies.

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