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(Neb)-The Big Event Moves Forward Despite Snow

By: John Axtell Posted at: 04/12/2019 11:57 PM
CHADRON - While a foot of snow this week forced the postponement yesterday at Chadron State College of the 58th annual Scholastic Contest and groundbreaking ceremonies for the new track, it couldn't stop Saturday's 7th annual The Big Event - the student-led, community service day designed to say thank you to the community of Chadron.

       Some 500 or so CSC students, faculty, and staff will gather at the Chicoine Center at 11:30 for a rally and their marching orders before heading out to dozens of worksites around Chadron the surrounding area as a way to say "thank you" to the community for its support of them and the college.

      Organizers say the snow did lead to a few changes because the sites of some of planned outdoor projects are still covered with snow or are too wet for the intended work. Those projects have either been revised or the volunteers assigned to other sites.

       The first year of The Big Event in 2013 drew over 400 volunteers and 15 job sites, peaking at more than 600 volunteers and 80 locations from Chadron to Crawford. The focus was tightened last year to Chadron and the surrounding area with roughly 500 volunteers at 50 sites.

      Past organizers have described The Big Event as "a great day of giving back and showing appreciation for our awesome community" with volunteers always having "a great day and enjoying the wide array of different job sites"...which have included businesses, government and church buildings and private residences

       Projects having ranged from serving ice cream at nursing homes, helping with a pet adoption event  painting, yard work, clearing the trailhead for the Cowboy Trail east of Chadron, and planting trees at locations that include the college and Camp Norweska.


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