Bush Students Give Back to Local Community during the Big Event

April 21, 2016

Bush School students participate at Big Event

Bush School students participate in Big Event

Each year, several students from the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, participate in the “Big Event”—the largest one-day student-run service project in the nation. Created thirty-four years ago with just six aggies who wanted to say “thank you” to the local community through volunteer service, the project now boasts more than 22,000 Texas A&M student volunteers, who complete nearly 2,500 jobs around the local Bryan/College Station area. This year, nearly fifty Bush School students signed up to help out with projects ranging from paving a church playground and walkway with mulch to landscaping a deserving family’s yard.

Last year, the Big Event was the recipient of the 2015 Governor’s Higher Education Community Impact Award. The award recognizes a college or university that supports and encourages civic engagement and volunteering as a core value. Since its inception, The Big Event has spread to 110 other schools across the country and around the world.

“The Big Event continues to be the largest one-day student-run service project in the nation,” said Braden Kennedy, a second-year MPSA student who helped organize the Bush School volunteer groups for the Big Event. “It provides a great opportunity for students to fulfill the Aggie Core Value of selfless service while expressing gratitude to the Bryan/College Station community for housing our great university. The Big Event gives Bush School students a chance to interact with and serve the community, which fits perfectly with the mission of the Public Service Organization.”

The Big Event is one of several ways Bush School students participate in community service and volunteer activities throughout the year. Under the leadership of the Bush School Public Service Organization, Bush School students have been involved in several service projects since the beginning of the school year, including building projects for Habitat for Humanity, cleaning up beaches in the Corpus Christi area, and assisting with the Brazos Valley Food Bank.

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