Roos Give Back

More than 150 students participate in annual service day


Early on a sunny Saturday morning in August, much of Kansas City’s population is still asleep as four busloads of eager college students depart from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The convoy does not stay together long. After a few blocks, the buses separate, heading to three different destinations across the city: Border Star Montessori School, Foreign Language Academy and Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts. About 150 smiling UMKC students, clad in matching t-shirts, hop off the buses at each site, grab rakes and paintbrushes and wheelbarrows and get to work.

The fourth annual Roos Give Back community service project is underway.

The Kansas City, Missouri School District selects the sites and projects each year. This year, the UMKC students performed outdoor landscaping and playground mulching, and indoor painting and storage room cleanup/reorganization at the three schools.

While Roos Give Back is the single biggest project of the year, community service is a year-round effort for UMKC’s Office of Student Involvement. Service Fridays are a monthly program that this year will involve projects at sites including the Niles Home for Children, The Boys and Girls Clubs and Phoenix House, a substance-abuse treatment center.

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Community service is a year-round effort for UMKC’s Office of Student Involvement.