Showing Aggieland Ethics to Youngsters

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At the Memorial Student Center, you could hear the yells of what may be the next generation of Aggies. For Texas A&M students, this Saturday's project aimed at 4th, 5th and 6th graders made Aggie lessons life lessons.

Students in Free Enterprise, or SIFE, is one of the biggest collegiate programs in the world, and as part of their project this year, the students wanted to highlight proper ethics to kids of an impressionable age.

"It's also becoming a time in their life when they're going to face difficult decisions on, 'do I do this or not?' 'Is this right or wrong," said SIFE student coordinator PJ Meadows, "especially going into junior high. I remember from being at that age that it is a difficult time."

SIFE's advisor, Cindy Billington, noted the students have been working on the project since November.

"They thought about about it, and they thought, 'what is the heart of Texas A&M, but our code of honor, and in that, Aggies do not lie, cheat or steal, nor tolerate those who do,'" she said.

So after talking to area schools and garnering a gaggle of girls and boys, the SIFE students showed the youngsters what being an Aggie was all about.

Ordinary lessons about life don't normally include running out onto the hallowed turf of Kyle Field, or meeting with Aggie football players, although they did on this day.

"It shows them everybody follows this tradition, everybody does," Meadows said. "These cool football players, these cool college students, they'll follow this tradition of doing the correct thing."

While most of the questions these kids had revolved around the games played here at Kyle, the players wanted to pass along some more important life lessons.

"It's a really great experience for these kids just to get out here and show them how we go through all this hard work and dedication just to see the results in the end," said A&M offensive lineman John David Nicholson.

"You know, it really puts things into perspective as far as our life," said Aggie defensive lineman Blake Steadman. "Having this opportunity when I was a kid would have been a great experience."

And in talking to the athletes and members of the corps of cadets, what did the kids learn?

"The best thing is that school comes first, because I think school does come first because sports is just a privilege," according to one.

Another noted, "Honoring the Aggies, honoring Reveille and being respectful, and not to lie, cheat or steal."

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