Tuesday, April 21, 2009

'Big Event' Brings Students into Community's Backyard

More than 700 Ferris State University students took to the streets of Big Rapids on Saturday as part of the second annual "Big Event." The students were diverted among more than 100 homes throughout the city raking leaves, cleaning windows and helping with other various chores as a "thank you" to the community for hosting the students for nine months out of the year, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. The "Big Event" was hosted by Ferris' Student Government Association as a community-wide service project. In its second year, the event grew exponentially from 190 volunteers and 20 homes participating in 2008. Ferris student Krystle Karnofsky said she enjoys volunteering and community service work, adding the event allowed her to give back to a broader spectrum of people that she normally doesn't get to help. "It's something fun; you get out here with your friends and it feels good, "she said. Chivon Kloepfer from 9and10 News was at Ferris and has more details about why volunteers gave up their Saturday to say thank you, and give back to the community. Watch the video at http://www.9and10news.com/category/story/?id=152877.

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