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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Nov. 18, 2016

Students sponsoring Bearcat Bash Culture Splash Dec. 3

By Lexi Ryan, media relations assistant

Northwest Missouri State University students are offering local children a fun, cultural educational opportunity on campus.

A community engagement section of Northwest’s University Seminar course is organizing the Bearcat Bash Culture Splash for all children in preschool through sixth grade from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Northwest’s Horace Mann Laboratory School.

Children will participate in sports, music, crafts, food and more under the supervision of Northwest students and Horace Mann faculty. Snacks will be provided, but parents are encouraged to send a sack lunch with their children.

The cost is $20 per child or $45 for a family of three or more. Parents can pick up and drop off their children throughout the day. Organizers are accepting free will donations to benefit Horace Mann at the registration table on the day of the event.

Proceeds will support improvements at Horace Mann and scholarships for attending students. 

Parents should register their children online by noon on Friday, Dec. 2, by clicking here. Registration is limited to the first 200 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.

Savana Wiederholt, a freshman marketing major from Stanberry, Missouri, is one of the 15 students in the University Seminar course who are collaborating to organize the event. Elizabeth Dimmitt, a senior instructor of psychology, is the course instructor.

“This is a chance for children to be active, have fun and learn about various subjects such as sports, music, art, science and more,” Wiederholt said. “It will be centered around helping the youth develop a greater awareness of the diverse cultures students at Northwest come from.”

Dimmitt added, “These amazing students are using research, budgeting, time management teamwork and quality communication skills to become fully integrated in the University and community while partnering with an exceptional lab school that is interested in diversity and social justice.”

Northwest students who are interested in volunteering to assist with Bearcat Bash should contact Emily Elliot at or register by clicking here. Participating students may work in shifts and earn service or observation hours. A required volunteer training is 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, and Tuesday, Nov. 29, in Colden Hall Room 3600.

For more information about Bearcat Bash Culture Splash, contact Elliot at or Dimmitt at

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