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March 09 12:56 PM

Centenary students prepare for Big Event service day

Centenary College students, faculty and staff will come together on Saturday, March 17, to participate in the college’s 11th annual Big Event, a nationwide, student-led day of service that originated at Texas A&M University and has a presence on dozens of college campuses, including Centenary.

Big Event is led by a student executive board and focuses on identifying projects that can strengthen connections between Centenary and its neighbors in Shreveport’s Highland area.

This year, Centenary volunteers will assist Highland residents at their homes with basic home improvement and landscaping services, such as planting, removing trash and other debris, raking leaves and removing vines.

Volunteers will also complete projects at community work sites such as Woody’s Veteran Home, Community Renewal International’s Highland Friendship House, Highland Park, Columbia Park and the Red River Coalition’s Highland Community Garden.

“My favorite part of Big Event is getting a chance to work with my peers,” said senior Ramanda James, director of the Big Event. “Each year, I meet new people and learn why serving is so important to them.”

Big Event kicks off at 10 a.m. March 17 in Centenary’s Fitness Center, when Shreveport City Councilman Jeff Everson, who represents the Highland neighborhood, will address the volunteers and highlight the importance of communitybuilding activities like the Big Event.

Participation in Big Event is open to the entire community. Groups and individuals interested in volunteering can register online at centenary.edu/bigevent. Registered volunteers should report to Centenary’s Kilpatrick Auditorium beginning at 9 a.m. on March 17 to check in and receive a volunteer assignment. Transportation is available to work sites for Centenary students, faculty, staff and alumni.

For more information, contact Kaylan Walker at kwalker@centenary.edu.

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