Southeastern students participate in annual ‘Big Event’


Friday, April 26, 2024 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

Big Event volunteers1) STUDENTS LION UP FOR THE BIG EVENT – Southeastern Louisiana University students and other volunteers “Lion Up” before collecting tools and supplies and heading out to job sites in the Hammond area as part of The Big Event, a day of service to the community. The students worked on the Southeastern campus, as well as in area schools and other locations as their way of giving back to the communities that support them. 

Big Event food bank volunteers2) PITCHING IN – Southeastern Louisiana University volunteers help prepare utensils prior to distribution of pre-prepared meals for Our Daily Bread Food Bank as part of Southeastern’s The Big Event on Saturday, April 20. The annual event is sponsored each year by the Student Government Association.

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University students, faculty, staff and alumni put in a day of community service in the City of Hammond and nearby communities on Saturday (April 20) as part of the university’s The Big Event.
     Sponsored by the Student Government Association, The Big Event is intended to give students and other volunteers the opportunity to help the communities and organizations that support Southeastern in many ways.
This is the 14th year the SGA has sponsored The Big Event.
      Sending the group out with a “Lion Up” sign of encouragement, Southeastern President William S. Wainwright told the students that their efforts send a tremendous message that Southeastern cares and seeks to make the neighboring communities a better place for all to live.
      The students included individual volunteers and representatives of several student organizations, fraternities and sororities. They worked at sites such as Our Daily Bread Food Bank, Natalbany Elementary, Hammond Recreation Center, African American Heritage Museum, Richard Murphy Hospice House, and the Hammond Downtown Development District.
     Jobs included beautification and landscaping projects, clean-up efforts in downtown Hammond, sorting materials and conducting inventory for non-profit organizations.

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