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April 23, 2016

 

SUNY students seek tools for city cleanup

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SUNY Cortland students rake leaves May 2, 2015, in the college’s first Big Event. More than 400 participated and 650 are signed up for this Sunday’s version.

By TYRONE L. HEPPARD
Staff Reporter
theppard@cortlandstandardnews.net

As SUNY Cortland students are preparing to turn out Sunday for their second annual community cleanup initiative, known as the Big Event, one organizer said they are afew supplies short and could use some help equippingvolunteers.
Allison Garver, a senior at the college and director of this year’s Big Event, said Friday there are 650 students prepared to help residents with chores they might need done around the house or in their neighborhood this weekend.
Garver said she expected more students than the400 who participated in the Big Event last year, but this time around the students are short on the supplies they need to get the work done because there are so many of them.
Wheelbarrows, long-handled shovels and work gloves are the items students were lacking the most as of Friday, she said.
Originating at Texas A&M over 30 years ago, the Big Event became well known nationwide as a way for students to give back to the communities which host them by cleaning up neighborhoods and doing chores for residents, such as painting or light yard work.
Despite the shortages, Garver said she and the other students are ready to do what they can to help out residents.
“We’re just really looking forward to helping out the community,” Garver said. “We’re really exited about it.”
Anyone interested in helping students acquire needed items before Sunday’s Big Event should email bigeventcortland@gmail.com for more information.

 

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