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Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2019 3:13 pm

More than 60 Morehead State students helped members of the community during the 24-hour Iron Eagle Challenge.  

Taking place from March 29 through 30, the challenge went a full 24 hours from 9 a.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday. Students went to different sites, including Button Auditorium, Doves of Gateway, Life Care Center of Morehead and a homeless shelter, to take part in community service events. Some participants helped nursing home residents play Bingo, while others wrote letters to military personnel or created three-dimensional coloring pages for blind children.  

“Morehead has given so much. It’s important that we give a little back,” said Brent Parsons, a member of the Student Government Association. 

The Iron Eagle Challenge began as a competition between Kentucky universities, but became a program solely for MSU students due to a lack of funding. The name remains Iron Eagle from the past dream for the program to have become an organization where students would have been inducted into the order- or the iron or golden eagle- for their contributions to community service.  

Andrew Sexton, Vice President for Campus Involvement, said that while it is a possibility that the Iron Eagle Challenge could become an organization in the future, Alpha Phi Omega, the community service fraternity on campus, eliminates the need for a new student program involving community service. 

Sexton also said he hoped that with over 60 students who took part in the Iron Eagle Challenge, at least one person could say their life was changed by students at Morehead State. 

 

“We live in a community of Morehead. We are not just a university by ourselves. We are supported and funded and given so much appreciation by the city, and it’s up to us to give back to the city,” said Sexton. 

 

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