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ATSU Student Government Association-Missouri helps La Plata school district in fire recovery

Front, from left: Lori Haxton, ATSU vice president for student affairs; Cheree Ball, La Plata Elementary principal; Sameer Khan, OMS II, SGA-MO vice president of student activities; Dan Martin, director, Thompson Campus Center. Back: Mina Anwar, D1, SGA-MO vice president; Roger Woolley, OMS II, SGA-MO chair; La Plata Superintendent Dr. Lucas McKinnis; Trevor Diepenbrock, OMS I, SGA-MO treasurer.

A.T. Still University (ATSU) students donated $1,500 to the La Plata R-II School District in La Plata, Missouri, on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024, to help the district as it recovers from a recent fire at their elementary school building.

Members of ATSU’s Student Government Association-Missouri campus (SGA-MO), along with the organization’s advisors Lori Haxton, MA, vice president, student affairs, and Dan Martin, MA, director, Thompson Campus Center, presented the check to La Plata Superintendent Lucas McKinnis, EdD, and Cheree Ball, elementary school principal. 

SGA-MO includes elected student leaders representing ATSU’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health. The organization raised funds through ticket sales to its winter formal. 

“As medical and dental students at ATSU, we’ve made a lifetime commitment to be there for our community unconditionally,” said Sameer Khan, OMS II, SGA-MO vice president of student activities. “When we heard about the La Plata Elementary fire in December, we immediately started brainstorming ways that we, as the ATSU student body, could help. After all, K-12 teachers are a core reason for our academic achievements so far!

“We hope the winter formal continues to serve as a platform to help those in need as an ATSU tradition for years to come.”

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