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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

October 10, 2017

School of the Ozarks freshmen travel to Kansas City for mission trip

Freshmen students from School of the Ozarks traveled to Kansas City to volunteer at the Hope Center on Sept. 30 – Oct. 1. Freshmen students from School of the Ozarks traveled to Kansas City to volunteer at the Hope Center on Sept. 30 – Oct. 1.

Nick Anderson, a freshman at School of the Ozarks, volunteered, along with his class, at the Hope Center in Kansas City.Nick Anderson, a freshman at School of the Ozarks, volunteered, along with his class, at the Hope Center in Kansas City.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO.School of the Ozarks high school freshman embarked on a mission trip to Kansas City, Sept. 30 – Oct. 1.

The 25 students volunteered at the Hope Center in Kansas City throughout the weekend. Some service projects at the Hope Center included picking up trash in the neighboring community, deep cleaning the school’s kitchen and cafeteria, and organizing the storage room. Students also spent time getting to know the Hope Center staff and some of the elementary students who attend the school at the Hope Center.

Students on the trip included the following: Nick Anderson, Robert Camara, Corynn Cunningham, Jakob Ellett, Isabella Farris, Travis Franks, Caden Hazell, Kailey Hollmann, Cole Jensen, Erin Lilly, Gideon Martin, Macy Martin, Lauren Mason, Grace Maxwell, Lauren Rantz, Caleb Roberts, Emilee Rowe, Rylee Saffle, Chalice Sherer, Joanne Sinniah, Sierra Smith, Grace Spencer, Jacob Usrey, Emma Watson, and Ashleigh Williams.

The students were accompanied by the following: Brad Dolloff, dean of School of the Ozarks; Amy Martin, School of the Ozarks assistant professor of humanities; Jerry Martin, School of the Ozarks seventh and eighth grade instructor, and his wife, Andrea Martin, School of the Ozarks instructor of mathematics.

This is the fourth year for School of the Ozarks to visit Kansas City and volunteer at the Hope Center, which is a community outreach center focusing on spiritual, educational, medical, technical, economic, and family based initiatives. The executive director of the Hope Center, is former Branson resident, Marvin Daniels.

“Beginning as freshmen and continuing throughout their time here, School of the Ozarks students travel each year to do mission work, worship in new environments with diverse groups of people, engage in educational experiences, visit museums, memorials, and Veterans’ cemeteries, as well as learn to budget and manage their meal money throughout the trip,” Dolloff said. “Excursions like these provide the opportunity to flesh out the academic, vocational, Christian, cultural, and patriotic goals of College of the Ozarks and School of the Ozarks, all in one weekend.”

Ellett said volunteering in Kansas City was an opportunity to share Christ with the community.

“Whenever people saw us at restaurants and asked where we were from, that was our opportunity to tell them what we do and why,” Ellett said.

Macy Martin said this trip impacted her in multiple ways.

“I was impacted with better relationships with my friends,” Martin said. “I also realized that God knows what comes next in our lives, and we have to trust Him to find out.”

In addition to volunteering at the Hope Center, students attended worship at the Mosaic Bible Fellowship and visited the World War I Museum.

For more information, contact Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman at (417) 690-2212.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Best Value Regional College in the Midwest and No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2017. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.



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