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It’s that time again for the students of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) and Miami High School (MHS) to give back in a big way. On Saturday, April 23rd, NEO and MHS will host the 7th Annual The Big Event, which is a student-led community service project. This one-day event is an occasion for the students of NEO and MHS to express their gratitude to the community for its support of the schools. Students will be available throughout the course of the day to perform tasks such as yard work, painting, housework and other common household tasks. ‘One BIG day, one BIG thanks, one BIG Event.’ Residents are asked to fill out a job request form that can be picked up in the Student Center in the NEO Student Union. Applications can also be found online at https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dDg2b1VSMmxHU2NPZE5Ld2FGY3p0MlE6MA. The deadline to submit job requests is Monday, April 18.

NEO and MHS will supply only the workers, so residents must provide the materials for each job. Students will complete jobs like yard work, painting, cleaning, organizing, etc. Community members wanting to have workers must have all necessary supplies to get the job done. “The community does a great job supporting our students and the schools so this is a day for us to give back to the community and say thanks,” said Event Coordinator Lisa Bell. “We are very excited to announce the partnership with MHS on this event. Our goal is to help as many community members as possible and with their help the event is sure to be an even bigger success!”

“The mission of the Interact Club is to promote the idea of service to our school and community as well as opening up young people’s minds to the world in which we live. The BIG Event perfectly illustrates what the Interact Club is about,” said MHS Interact Club President Allie Porter. “We wanted to find a way to give back to the community and heard that NEO already hosted The BIG Event. Our objective is to reach the community in ways we haven’t achieved yet with the ultimate goal being to make the event bigger and better.”

Since students will be transporting themselves to and from locations, job sites must be located within 30 minutes of campus. Students will work from approximately 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and work until every job is finished. After applications are submitted, applicants will receive a call letting them know who will be coming to work and when they will arrive. Applications can be mailed to: NEO A&M Student Activities-The BIG Event, 200 I St NE, Miami, OK. 74354. Those with questions may contact Lisa Bell, Coordinator of Student Activities, at (918) 540-6169 or by e-mailing lbell@neo.edu or Allie Porter MHS Interact Club President at asp1436@gmail.com.

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