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Bush School Students Again Answer Call for Service

March 26, 2010

Nicholas Norboge, MPSA, 2011
March 26, 2010

“I have spoken of a thousand points of light, of all the community organizations that are spread like stars throughout the nation, doing good.” George H. W. Bush

Bush School students are noted for their commitment to selfless service, and have given back to the local community in a variety of ways for many years.  This year is no different.  On March 27, 2010, Bush School students once again acted upon the noble calling instilled in them by their namesake and helped residents of Bryan and College Station by raking leaves, painting houses, and simply offering friendly smiles and service to the local community.

The willingness of Bush School students to participate in Big Event, the largest one-day student-run service project in the nation, is typical of Texas A&M students.  This service project began in 1982 as a means of expressing student gratitude toward the Bryan and College Station communities, and has now been replicated at colleges and universities across the nation. The Big Event matches student volunteers with community residents who have submitted requests for help.  Organizers work diligently all year to encourage student participation and collect job requests from local residents, and the demand for help grows each year, which means more volunteers are always needed.

In 2009, more than 12,000 Aggies completed some 1,200 jobs around the Bryan/College Station community.  Before the event started, students were treated to breakfast and a live concert by Bobby Duncan.  Former President George H.W. Bush was present to fire up the crowd.  “It was a great experience,” said one Bush School participant.  “I truly enjoyed seeing our school namesake help to kick off such a great event!”

This year, 47 Bush School students will head out to five different job sites early on Saturday morning.  They will be among roughly 13, 000 other Big Event participants working on 1,500 jobs in both Bryan and College Station. However, the overarching objective for Big Event organizers is not accomplish a large volume of projects and host an impressive student turnout.  “Sometimes it is important to remember the true goal for Big Event: to build unity between students and the community,” said Bett. “That is what makes this project so special.”

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