April 12, 2010 12:00AM
Under crystal blue skies, nearly 600 PSU students fanned out across Pittsburg Saturday in the largest community service event of the year. The Big Event is a community service project held each spring.
Students were dispatched to 100 homes throughout the community to do yard work, painting, repairs, and other odds and ends with which residents need help. Organized by the Student Government Association and supported strongly by PSU fraternities and sororities, students plan the event throughout the year, take applications from residents needing help and lining up volunteers.
"It's our biggest way to say thank you to the community," said Alyssa Hillman, SGA's Big Event director. "It's important for us to help the people in the community who can't do this kind of work themselves."
SGA has been putting on the Big Event for the past eight years, assisting primarily retired community members and in some cases even former and current PSU faculty. Making some changes from previous years - Saturday's event began at noon rather than earlier in the day to avoid scheduling conflicts with other campus events - SGA offered pizza to volunteers at Gorilla Village before assigning them to locations throughout the city.
Hillman said SGA was inspired to organize The Big Event after learning about a similar effort at Texas A&M. In addition to giving their time and energy, the Student Government Association also purchases the supplies used by students that day.