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FROM READERS: Business school students volunteer in Joplin

By Julie Niehaus/Missourian Reader
May 21, 2012 | 5:15 p.m. CDT
Here is a photo of the wooden butterflies we assembled. We worked with Catholic Charities of Southwest Missouri for this project. Julie Niehaus is pictured.

Julie Niehaus is a recent MU graduate and a member of the Cornell Leadership Program. She participated in a volunteer trip to Joplin and shared this story from her time there.

These pictures are from a May 16-18 trip to Joplin with the Cornell Leadership Program in Mizzou's Trulaske College of Business (it's a student leadership program for business majors).  


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I was a participant in the program. I am a recent MU graduate and member of the program. Approximately 35 students and faculty went on the trip.

Throughout the three-day trip, we worked on a variety of projects including laying laminate floors at a retired veteran's house, clearing the high school baseball field and parking lot, planting trees, and cutting wooden butterflies to be carried in tomorrow's commemorative walk and placed at rebuilding sites throughout the town.

Most of the photos were taken by MU junior Leah Bartmess.

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's howSupervising editor is Joy Mayer.