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MSSU Coloring Book Shows Kids Path to College & Careers

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College and universities look for name recognition when recruiting. Well MSSU is getting some of that in a unique way as it brings a message that school is cool -- through a coloring book.

First grader, Aiden Crane says, "I never actually been to a college."

First graders   are a little young to think about college, but that's the message coming to them in a coloring book delivered by Roary the lion, MSSU’S mascot.

Royal Heights students quickly colored Roary going to school, and in a library.  But could also find him looking at a microscope and being a chemist.

The coloring book creator, a recent MSSU graduate, says Roary shows kids they have options.

 Kahlief Steele, a graphic designer and the books creators says, "Just showing kids these possibilities.

A lot of kids say when I grow up I want to be in the NFL or major league baseball but I think it’s also important  to say also you can be a computer technician. You can be anything.”

The MSSU Admissions office requested something to give kids who do visit campus. Now education and nursing programs want them too.  The book that shows Roary graduating from high school and going to college connects kids to southern at an early age.

Scott Meeker with university relations and marketing says,   "Whether it’s a coloring book or them  coming to see a play here on campus or a concert it’s an experience they're going to associate  with Missouri Southern. Something positive and they'll carry that with them."

It’s kind of a junior size Roary in the coloring book. One kids can relate to when it comes to education and future goals.

Kahlief says the message is, "Hey you can go to college. You can graduate high school.  You can do anything. You can be like a nurse. You can be anything. It was just to tell kids you can be a success."

Kahlief is. He and Roary have been published.

     The coloring books and crayon set will be available for free at the next third Thursday hosted by MSSU..

     Otherwise you can get one on campus for just a dollar.

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