Auburn University students give back to community during Saturday's BIG Event
Teams of students performed service projects in 168 job sites throughout the community.
More than 2,200 Auburn University students took part in this year's BIG Event, a day of service that has become an Auburn tradition as students give back to the surrounding community.
Teams of students visited 168 job sites including Opelika Municipal Park, Loachapoka High School, Magnolia Place Assisted Living facility and other homes, businesses, churches and schools to perform a variety of tasks like landscaping, painting and pressure-washing.
"This year's BIG Event, with the slogan of 'One BIG family, One BIG difference, One BIG Event,' is all about connecting the Auburn community," said James Prewitt, assistant executive director of the BIG Event. "The BIG Event is an amazing opportunity to show the people of the community how Auburn students appreciate them for allowing us to call Auburn home."
Auburn Mayor Bill Ham and Alabama Rep. Mark Tuggle helped kick off the 12th annual BIG Event.
Event organizers said the work students complete in a few hours on a Saturday morning leads to lasting relationships between students and their surrounding community.
Auburn SGA's BIG Event is a student-run volunteer day which encourages college students and faculty to thank the community for providing a thriving environment in which to live and learn. The BIG Event originally began at Texas A&M in 1982 and has since expanded to 75 other schools, including Auburn.
— By Carol Nelson, Office of Communications & Marketing
Last Updated: Mar. 24, 2014