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Annual ‘Big Event’ this weekend| Audrey Dighans copy editor |
Saturday, April 12, is a big day for Pitt State students and the Pittsburg community with the 11th annual Big Event scheduled to take place.
“This is Southeast Kansas’ largest community service project,” said Jake Letner, junior in history and director for the Big Event. “Hundreds of PSU students gather each year to help area residents who apply.”
The Big Event began in 1982 at Texas A&M University as a way to say ‘thank you’ to the College Station community. The one-day community service project has since expanded to middle schools, high schools and universities nationwide.
“It’s such a great day,” said Marjorie Sells, junior in graphic communications. “Helping residents who need our help and giving back to the community is just such a great feeling.”
Sells participated in the Big Event last year with her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta.
Letner says more than 850 students are registered for this year’s event with about 125 job sites needing work done.
“Most job sites need general yard work done like leaf raking, cleaning gutters or painting,” he said. “Each year Big Event is a massive undertaking. There is always a lot to do and it would be impossible without my committee and the support we get from Pitt State, the students and community.”
Students may register for the Big Event individually or through campus organizations they participate in. Job sites are collected by the Big Event committee through an application process residents complete by going to the Pitt State website.
Job site requests and student registration ended March 14 this year. The first 500 volunteers to register will receive a free Big Event T-shirt on Saturday before the start of the event.
The Big Event will start at 9:30 a.m. with volunteers meeting at 9 a.m. in the Weede Gymnasium. Doughnuts and juice will be provided.
Job site assignments will also be distributed to student groups, either by campus organization or randomly. The event has no scheduled ending time, as each job site requires different tasks to be completed.
“Usually it seems to be done around noon,” Sells said. “Sometimes groups will be at a site all day, though.”
Sells added she and many of her sorority sisters are excited for Saturday.
“I personally hope we get to be outside,” she said.
Letner also participated in the event last year.
“I love to meet people,” he said. “Projects like these make me proud to be a Gorilla.”