Texas A&M University-Texarkana has planned its second annual Big Event community service day for April 14.
The Big Event: Eagle Pride City Wide gives students, faculty, staff and alumni a chance to give give back to the community through "done-in-a-day" service projects such as raking leaves, washing windows, cleaning closets, painting, making minor repairs, visiting with seniors, tutoring children and organizing donated goods.
"This is simply our way of showing our gratitude for the community's unwavering support of our university," said Michael Stephenson, Student Life coordinator and Big Event Project manager.
A&M-Texarkana's first Big Event held last year drew more than 250 volunteers from campus logging nearly 1,000 service hours, Stephenson said.
"We look forward to serving Texarkana again this year," Stephenson said.
The university is now accepting applications for Big Event work sites and sponsors. Local businesses that want to sponsor the event can visit tamut.edu/bigevent. Project requests are due March 23, and volunteer/participant registration ends March 31.
A number of colleges and universities across the country hold the Big Event, which originated with six students at Texas A&M University in 1982. More than 100 universities have joined the effort since.