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Service projects mark University of Central Oklahoma homecoming

For the first time, UCO held a service day in conjunction with its homecoming festivities, which will continue through Saturday.
by Silas Allen Modified: October 29, 2013 at 10:19 pm •  Published: October 30, 2013

When Ryan Young's group arrived at the city of Moore Animal Shelter, they were there to work. But that didn't stop them from taking time to play with the animals.

Young, a senior at the University of Central Oklahoma, led a group of students who volunteered at the shelter last weekend as part of homecoming. The group painted one of the rooms at the shelter and moved furniture, he said.

Several animals displaced during the May 20 tornado are still being housed at the shelter, Young said. Although the shelter survived the storm, Young said, it needed some brightening up.

“You could tell that it needed a little bit of a face-lift,” he said.

UCO held its first-ever homecoming service day Saturday, said Rachael Odor, the homecoming chair for UCO's activities board. More than 700 volunteers scattered out across Moore, Edmond and Oklahoma City to do service work, she said.

Several of the volunteers worked with Serve Moore, a group of churches and other organizations that does recovery work in the city, Odor said. Others packed meals at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, she said.

UCO's homecoming festivities continue throughout the week, with the Edmond Downtown Community Carnival kicking off at 5:30 p.m. Thursday across downtown Edmond.

Following the carnival, the annual Cheer and Dance will be at 9:30 p.m. Thursday at Hamilton Field House. The event includes dance routines and skits by UCO student groups.

UCO's homecoming parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Math and Computer Science parking lot. The university will hold a tailgate at noon Saturday west of Wantland Stadium, before the Bronchos face Lincoln University at 2 p.m.

by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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