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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Nov. 19, 2015

Northwest students sponsoring Bearcat Bash, day out for parents

Northwest Missouri State University students are giving local parents an opportunity to enjoy some downtime or complete errands without the kids.

A community engagement section of Northwest’s University Seminar course is organizing Bearcat Bash from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Northwest’s Horace Mann Laboratory School.

Northwest students and Horace Mann faculty will spend the day with Nodaway County children who are preschool-aged through sixth grade. The day will include science, movement, crafts, movies, games and other activities as well as an appearance by Bobby Bearcat. Snacks will be provided, but parents are encouraged to send a sack lunch with their children.

Organizers are accepting free will donations to benefit Horace Mann. Parents should register their children online by noon on Friday, Dec. 4, at Registration will be limited to the first 160 children.

Throughout the fall, students in the course have learned about varied opportunities to volunteer and assist organizations in the Maryville community as well as at Northwest. Students developed “Bearcat Bash” from those lessons with the intention of assisting Horace Mann.

Amber Gierstorf, a freshman public relations major from West Des Moines, Iowa, is one of the 22 students in the University Seminar course who are collaborating to organize the event. Elizabeth Dimmitt is the course instructor.

 “We have people from all kinds of majors, and we’re using our interests to get involved with the community and help the community get involved with Northwest,” Gierstorf said. “It really helps with our leadership skills and networking to help people. It also gives us a connection to the school by sponsoring something on campus.”

Dimmitt added, “These amazing students are using research, money management and budgeting, time management and quality communication skills to become fully integrated in the University and community while partnering with an amazing school.”

Northwest students who are interested in volunteering to assist with Bearcat Bash should send an email to or Participating students may work in shifts and earn service or observation hours. Volunteers also will be required to attend a training meeting.

For more information about Bearcat Bash, contact Gierstorf at or Dimmitt at

Horace Mann features a unique learning experience that emphasizes individualized instruction, hands-on learning and a low teacher-to-student ratio. The school offers a traditional nine-month academic calendar for students in kindergarten through sixth grade as well as early childhood classes for children ages 3 through pre-kindergarten in the Phyllis and Richard Leet Center for Children and Families. For more information, contact Horace Mann, visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468