(March 29, 2012)

BIG Event thanks Highland community

SHREVEPORT, LA — Over 200 participants met at Centenary on Saturday, March 24, to beautify the Highland community for the fifth annual BIG Event. Macy Stockton, student director of the BIG Event, was impressed by how smoothly the event ran.

students and neighbor at BIG Event

"When planning a large event, there will always be kinks you have to work out, but we didn't have any major obstacles this year," said Stockton, a senior Religious Studies major. "One of our fellow students told us how much he loved the site he got to work at and that he was grateful to the BIG Event board for organizing it all. Moments like that make all the planning worth it."

The participants went to 25 different service sites. Residential sites were located throughout the Highland neighborhood. A few of the non-residential sties included the Renzi Center, the Friendship House, and Columbia and Highland Park. A commemorative plaque was placed at Columbia Park in honor of the fifth year of the BIG Event.

"I love the BIG Event and everything that it stands for," said Stockton. "It is my favorite Centenary tradition, and it is definitely part of the legacy I will leave behind at Centenary when I graduate in May."

The BIG Event has had over 200 volunteers participate every year since its inaugural run in 2008. The BIG Event is considered the largest, one-day, student-run service project in the nation.