SLU’s SGA gives back to the community in ‘The Big Event’

[HAMMOND]- Southeastern Louisiana University’s Student Government Association is sponsoring the 2nd annual Big Event on April 21. This service project provides students an opportunity to give back to their community while creating relationships with citizens who support SLU.

SGA’s executive and fundraising Director Will Takewell said, “We have over 800 students signed up to work on 51 different job sites in the Hammond, Ponchatoula and Springfield areas.”

Students who have signed up are able to help the Tangipahoa and Livingston Parish residents by painting houses, picking up trash, raking leaves, rebuilding houses and generally making Hammond and surrounding areas a beautiful place to live.

“I personally believe it is essential for Southeastern students to commit to one day of selfless service to the community because of how much the community has done for us in providing a university for 15,000 students,” said Takewell.

The Big Event originated at Texas A&M in 1982 and presently takes place at over 72 universities across the United States including Southeastern Louisiana University. Last year was Southeastern’s first annual Big Event.  In 2012, The Big Event executive board is hoping to double the projects and overall service hours.

During today’s weekly SGA meeting, President Luther Holloway, talked about another event called Spring Days which is going on this week. He said, “Today the SGA passed out SLU water bottles for free to students so they will stay hydrated. Tomorrow, we will celebrate Earth Day on campus, and Saturday wraps up Spring Days with The Big Event.”

Readers may visit http://www.selu.edu for more information on SGA, The Big Event and Spring Days.

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