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Millikin students learn lesson outside the classroom

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It's not something most people can say they've done but this group of freshman can: washing and waxing a fire truck.

Millikin students learned an important lesson outside of the classroom Saturday. This year the university partnered with United Way as the freshman class helped out all around the Decatur community.

The new students wasted no time getting to know each other. They said it was important to them to go out in the community and make a difference.

"It builds character like we have done so much teamwork together and also it's a great way to contribute to our whole society and a great way to learn how to be a citizen," explained freshman Rebecca Minzlaff.

While it may look like work, the students had fun helping out. The service project also helped students learn about themselves and how even a small task such as cleaning a fire truck can make a big difference.

"I have learned that you have to take what you're given and make the best out of it," said Group Leader Chad Shingler. "Even if you're not too excited to be here, you have to make the best out of everything that life gives you."

Services were done at 19 different sites. Other projects included activities like selling girl scout cookies, bowling with the Special Olympics and helping the elderly.

Caterpillar, Decatur Earthmover Credit Union, Millikin University and United Way of Decatur and Mid-Illinois teamed up to make the 2013 day of action happen.

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