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story.lead_photo.caption Payshance Maylee, 7, zooms through an obstacle course during the free kids' carnival at William Woods University last year. She was cheered on by Bella Amodio, right, of Waynesville. Amodio and other attendees of the Missouri Association of Student Councils Camp organized and ran the carnival. According to MASC state director Terri Johnson, this teaches participants event-planning skills. Photo by Helen Wilbers / Fulton Sun.

The Missouri Association of Student Councils has scheduled its free 16th annual carnival at William Woods University for children in preschool to sixth grade on June 11. The carnival is a part of the annual MASC leadership camp held at William Woods University. The carnival is fully organized and ran by attendees of the camp.

"The carnival has been really good for us because basically, it's project based learning. The kids are learning how to plan an event, how to publicize an event, develop committees and work crews as well as clean up," MASC spokesperson Terri Johnson said.

This experience helps camp goers to gain insight into the necessary steps in planning a project and also allows the students to orchestrate a community service project.

There will be 26 booths at the carnival ran by the student leaders. Booth activities will range from face painting to a basketball shot.

Johnson said, the carnival has been at WWU for the past 15 years and MASC has been around since 1960. Johnson explained that the core values of MASC and the camp are to "inspire greatness, serve others, be more and teach."

The camp draws on average more than 700 middle and high school-aged students from around the state of Missouri. The camp will be June 9-14 and aims to have attendees take their new learned skills home and improve their schools and communities.

The carnival will be 2-4 p.m. The carnival will include games, prizes, inflatables, cotton candy, popcorn and drinks.

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