Yard tools in hand, energetic students fan out across Pittsburg to say

Nearly 600 students put on gloves, grabbed rakes and shovels and set out across Pittsburg in April to say “thank you” to the community.

The Big Event is the largest community service event of the year and lets Pittsburg citizens know how much students appreciate their support during the year.

Participants in the service project went to 100 homes throughout the community to do yard work, painting, repairs, and other odds and ends. Organized by the Student Government Association and supported by PSU fraternities and sororities, students plan the event throughout the year, take applications from residents needing help and organize the 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.