Austin College’s free ’Roo Bound program for area children in kindergarten through 5th grade will hold this month’s session, “All’s Fair in Love and War,” on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students involved in Austin College’s Improv Troupe and Delta Omicron international music society will provide programming for the session that invites children to spend fun, learning time on campus. Participants will have free lunch in the Austin College dining hall in Wright Campus Center, courtesy of the Service Station and Aramark Food Service.


The day of the program, parents should drop students off between 10:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Wright Campus Center’s main entrance off Brockett Street.


Advance registration is requested so sufficient volunteers and materials will be available. Only 50 slots are available but openings still remain. To register or for more information, contact the Austin College Service Station at 903-813-2333 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays or email servicestation@austincollege.edu. To register by email, include the child’s name and grade level, along with the parents’ phone number.


In addition to the special learning opportunity for children, ’Roo Bound, coordinated by the Austin College Service Station but involving many students across campus, is designed to expose children to the idea of college in a safe, fun environment. The organizers hope the program makes college attendance seem accessible to children, particularly those who might be the first in their families to consider higher learning. Other spring events are scheduled for March 17 and April 21.


The Austin College Service Station is a student-run organization that connects Austin College students available for service with local agencies and groups needing volunteers. Many students do individual service projects in the community; campus organizations often do group projects; others take part in projects such as ’Roo Bound or the College’s annual Great Day of Service, when several hundred students volunteer at more than 40 agencies in the North Texas region.