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University of Central Oklahoma students serve wider communities in Edmond, Oklahoma City

UCO's Big Event volunteers served Edmond and Oklahoma City residents along with local nonprofit organizations.
BY COURTNEY HARLIN Modified: March 12, 2013 at 5:29 pm •  Published: March 12, 2013
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The University of Central Oklahoma's annual Big Event community service day started a new tradition this year of serving Edmond and Oklahoma City residents along with local nonprofit organizations when they sent more than 500 students, faculty and staff out to serve on Saturday.

“The main purpose of Big Event nationally is to say ‘thank you' to the community that supports the university. So this year, rather than just serving community agencies, we will strive to serve the community members in Edmond and the Oklahoma City metro area,” said Rachel Winters, assistant director of the Volunteer and Service Learning Center.

“We want to thank the community members that have to deal with things like the traffic jam on Second Street or wait in line at Starbucks. For Central students, it is no longer just a day of service but a big day of thanks,” she said.

The volunteers helped with simple tasks such as cleaning, caring for animals in shelters, painting, raking leaves and other projects that a resident or organization needed help completing.