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MARSHALL (KMHL) – Southwest Minnesota State University students are dedicating today to a day of service. SMSU says the day is called “Mustangs Give” and the university says its an opportunity for students and staff to give back to the communities and organizations that support SMSU.

SMSU President Kumara (coo-MAR-ah) Jayasuriya (jai-AH-suh-REE-ah) says it’s a new initiative this year and he adds there are 250 students and faculty volunteering.

“I want us to be able to partner with the community, so we can get to the next level,” said Jayasuriya. “It is a way to build relationships with area businesses and non-profits.”

He says students at the university are partnering with area school districts, the City of Marshall, the American Red Cross Blood Drive and other businesses and organizations to do the service projects.

The university says students will be working on volunteering projects that range from park cleanup to outside painting.