Parents, volunteers help A-State students on move-in day

Astate Move In

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Several parents said goodbye to their children as they moved them into the college dorms on Saturday.

While fighting the rain, parents and volunteers moved students onto campus, making it a busy scene on at Arkansas State University.

Several church groups, Greek life members, and athletes made it less stressful on families as they settled students into their dorms.

Jayla Wilson with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was one of many volunteers. She has helped on move-in day in years past and said it can get quite interesting.

"One time I picked up his clothes, which was just all open in the backseat," Wilson said. "No bag, just socks and underwear. I'm praying it was clean."

Jason Finley with Central Baptist Church volunteered his time by putting in loads of work.

"Carrying a refrigerator up eight flights of stairs was crazy," Finley said.

The volunteers both said they were happy to help.

The university set up tents to keep students out of the rain. They also served water and food.

Even through the madness, Diana Coates, a mother to an incoming freshman, said she is thankful for the volunteers that helped it go smoothly.

Coates said she's excited to see her child begin a new chapter in her life.

"I am very proud of my daughter," Coates said. "She studied hard. She graduated with honors from high school. She is really excited about going into the medical field and I am excited for her. I am a little sad because she is my only child, so ASU, take good care of my baby."

Classes at A-State start on Monday.

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