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Mississippi College Harvest Hoedown Helps Mustard Seed

October 21, 2013

Cowboy hats and boots will be in style as Mississippi College hosts the Harvest Hoedown to serve special needs adults.

There will be harvest-themed activities, a dance, photo booth and much more as MC’s education honor society, Kappa Delta Pi, sponsors the first annual event on November 4 at Alumni Gym. All proceeds will benefit Mustard Seed of Rankin County. The fun lasts from 6 p.m. through 9 p.m. that Monday evening.

Morgan Barber of Meridian, president of Kappa Delta Pi, and Mississippi College junior Rachel Autry of Birmingham are both education majors on the Clinton campus with a heart for people with special needs.

Both students regularly volunteer at Mustard Seed and plan to become special education teachers. Rachel also works with Morrison Heights Baptist Church special needs adults in Clinton.

Kappa Delta Pi wanted to give back to Clinton schools and the metro Jackson community by sponsoring a festive event to help special needs children and adults.

Admission is $3. There’s a $10 ticket price for families. Event T-shirts are on sale for $15.

In addition, the Chick fil-A restaurant in Clinton is sponsoring a spirit night Monday October 21 from 5-8 p.m. to promote Mustard Seed and the Harvest Hoedown.

“Don’t forget to wear your cowboy hats and boots,” Morgan Barber says. “We want everyone of all ages to attend and enjoy.”

Founded in 1981, Mustard Seed is a Christ-centered ministry serving special needs adults. On its 7.5-acre campus on Luckney Road in Brandon, Mustard Seed includes two homes, offices and a gift shop.

Being showcased at the Harvest Hoedown is another instance of a strong MC-Mustard Seed partnership.

“The Mustard Seed is extremely grateful for the support we are receiving from Mississippi College students,” says Del Harrington, director of community relations. “MC students always greet our Seedsters with open arms and a big smile, which makes them feel welcome.”

About 30 Seedsters will attend the Harvest Hoedown. Funds raised will go toward construction of a new Mustard Seed men’s group home.

For more information, contact Rachel Autry at raultrey@mc.edu or Del Harrington at 601.992.3556.

Photo: Mississippi College education students promote the Harvest Hoedown to benefit Mustard Seed that serves special needs adults. The MC students are: Meredith Barber and her sister, Morgan Barber of Meridian, Pollyann Scruggs of Jasper, Alabama and Ross Waters of Madison. The MC education honor society Kappa Delta Pi is sponsoring the November 4 event at Alumni Gym. It begins at 6 p.m.