USM students perform community service as part of desegregation celebration

USM students perform community service as part of desegregation celebration

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Some University of Southern Mississippi students took time out from all the pre-football game activities on campus Saturday to lend a hand in the community.

A couple of dozen students, representing several different organizations, gathered at the Oseola McCarty Youth Development Center to clean-up a playground and work on other projects. It was part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of desegregation at the university.

"It's a great project to come out here and clean-up the playground, clean-up the facilities at Oseola McCarty." said Bradley Floore, a senior finance/accounting major. "It's really going to make a lot of difference for a lot of students that come out here."

"Everybody always talks about community service, but it's very important to prove that you are supporting the community that does a lot for us," said Christa Johnson, a freshman biology major from Hattiesburg.

"They really helped us with our playground project, we had a lot of grass that has to (be removed)," said Janet Baldwin, executive director of the Oseola McCarty Youth Development Center. "They even got our bus washed and cleaned up and ready for our after-school program, so they have been a big help to us this morning."

Members of the Student Government Association, the African-American Student Organization, The Legacy and the Southern Miss Activities Council participated in the service project.