A Day of Community Service
On Saturday April 21st, nearly 2,000 Towson University Students participated in a day of community service projects at over 200 project sites near the campus. A team of 42 students worked in and around the neighborhood surrounding the Delegate North America office and supervised by Delegate managers. The students spruced up community parks, neighborhood plantings and removed invasive vines from the trees.
The students working at the Delegate North America office were members of the Towson University Dietary and Nutrition Club and others were Computer Science majors representing the Football Club. The annual event called The Big Event allows students to earn community service credits for their club, fraternity or campus group. Many of the projects involved helping elderly or disabled homeowners that otherwise would have difficulty performing yard work or small home repairs.
“Towson University is an anchor university, and it’s so important to be able to show our community the love we feel for them,” President Kim Schatzel assured students before they headed out. “There is no better way to do that than the service that Tigers love to do.”
This year’s Big Event broke records in both volunteer and site counts. Towson University is the only institution in the University System of Maryland with a Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, which is awarded to about 320 other schools nationwide. The classification “recognizes Towson’s priorities and emphasis on engaged and collaborative teaching, learning and scholarship that deepen students’ civic and academic learning to enhance community well-being.”
Below are a few pictures from the event.