The second annual “Big Event” came again this year on May 2 and was sponsored by the Student Government Association. The “Big Event” is a community service project that takes place all over Hays throughout the day.
“The reason we are doing this is to connect campus with the community. This is one way we thought would help connect them a little more, with students going out and saying ‘thank you’ for the support throughout the year,” said senior Andrew Dempewolf, the Legislative Affairs Director for SGA.
The event was sponsored by 16 local businesses, which provided shirts and water to the participants. Freddy’s Frozen Custard even provided treats to each person who helped with the event.
The projects ranged from yard work to painting, and the day ended with picking up trash around Hays. Volunteers completed a total of 19 service projects throughout the day, each making a direct impact on the community.
“I did the afternoon cleanup around town; we tried to clean up Big Creek, but it was too muddy, so we just went around town picking up trash,” junior Gustavo Reyes said.
SGA teamed up with local non-profit organizations to find projects all over town.
“Last year we had some success with projects, finding them and completing them. We just wanted to grow it more this year. This year we had quite a few more projects and more volunteers,” Dempewolf said.
“I hope in the next years it becomes a bigger event like it is on other campuses,” Reyes said. “I would really like to see it become a campus-wide involvement.”