This Saturday, April 8, 2017 students, faculty, staff and alumni from Texas A&M University-Texarkana will show their appreciation to the Texarkana community during The Big Event: Eagle Pride City Wide, a day of community service.

According to the university's press release, there will be a kickoff pep rally at 8AM on the pond deck near the University Center on the A&M-Texarkana campus. More than 230 volunteers will disperse to more than a dozen locations in the Texarkana region to complete service projects.

Texarkana, Texas Mayor Bob Bruggeman and Texarkana, Arkansas Mayor Ruth Penney Bell will be there to kick off The Big Event community project. I will be there as well Saturday morning broadcasting on Kicker 102.5 and talking with college officials and volunteers about the event.

After the pep rally volunteers will then head out to more than a dozen locations to complete their assignments. Some assignments may be completed by 1PM.

 Locations include the following:

 Kidtopia Park        

273 Oak St.

Texarkana TX 75501

 

Sandflat Community

209 E. 14th St.

Texarkana AR 71854

 

Animal Care and Adoption Center of Texarkana

203 Harrison St.

Texarkana, AR 71854

 

Texarkana Animal League, Inc.

5820 Richmond Rd.

Texarkana, TX 75503

 

Runnin' WJ Ranch

4802 S. Kings Hwy.

Texarkana, TX 75501

 

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Why This Event:

The Big Event has become somewhat of a national phenomenon at a number of colleges and universities throughout the United States. It originated at Texas A&M University in 1982 when six students felt the need to give something back to the communities of College Station and Bryan, Texas. Since that time, more than 100 universities have joined the effort.

The Big Event at Texas A&M University-Texarkana strives to uphold the ideals of unity and service. The mission is to simply say "thank you." It is a way for students, faculty, staff, alumni and families to express their gratitude to the community that supports Texas A&M University-Texarkana.