Despite cold conditions, 'The Big Event' was a success

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Despite cold conditions, 'The Big Event' was a success

April 1, 2011

 Big Event 2011
Northwestern Oklahoma State University students and employees gave back to their communities by participating in “The Big Event.”  The annual event strives to say “thanks” to each community in which it serves by completing community service projects.

 

More than 470 Northwestern Oklahoma State University students and employees showed their support and appreciation last weekend during “The Big Event,” an annual day of “giving thanks” sponsored by Conserving Our Ranger Environment (CORE).

Despite the cold conditions and the dreary weather, volunteers from Northwestern gave back to their communities by completing community service jobs in Alva, Enid and Woodward.

“It was great day despite the rain,” said Janet Valencia, CORE sponsor. “I was proud of everyone who braved the elements and the cold to participate in the event.”

Volunteers arrived at Hatfield Park in Alva to pick up utensils to complete projects, some of which included the roofing of several pavilions, trimming trees, removing overgrown brush, sprucing up flower gardens and picking up trash. A few out buildings were completely repainted. Workers had planned to put a new coat of paint on the fences, playground equipment and picnic table, but were unable to because of the weather. In order to complete the painting jobs, volunteers took time Friday afternoon to revisit the areas that need painting.

Those volunteers represented the Department of Social Work, Student Government Association, Northwestern Scholar Ambassadors, President’s Leadership Class, Delta Zeta, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Spanish Club, Phi Beta Lambda, Art Society, Baptist Student Union, Society of Professional Journalists, Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association, University Relations, cheerleading, CORE and several athletic teams, such as women’s basketball, cross country, soccer, rodeo and football.

CORE members also landscaped and installed a new bike rack at the Municipal Swimming Pool, a purchase made for the park with grant funds provided by Walmart.

Baptist Student Union members went to Beadles Nursing Home to complete projects, social work students went to the Share Convalescence Home and the rodeo team worked on cleaning the area around Woods County Fairgrounds. Delta Zeta sorority members helped bring 60 bags of clothing to New Beginnings.

Northwestern-Enid helpers spent their time at Faith Farm planting in preparation for spring gardens. Volunteers at Northwestern-Woodward cleaned up around Experiment Lake.

CORE also sponsored a recycling drive and the profits from 73 pounds of aluminum cans were donated to Juvenile Diabetes. Through the book donation, there were 10 boxes of books that were donated to third world countries.

“I want to thank everyone involved,” Valencia said.

“It’s amazing what can be accomplished when you get a large group of people together. Seeing the college students swinging on the swings, riding the merry-go-round and having fun was all worth it.”

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