MANSFIELD - Mansfield University students, along with staff and faculty, were out in force on April 12 for "The Big Event," a day-long community service project.
More than 300 students signed up to help clean parks, churches and along highways in the Mansfield area.
The volunteers also completed other projects in the Mansfield and Wellsboro areas, such as scrapping, painting and other maintenance to get the fields ready for Mansfield Little League's upcoming season; performing several projects at the Mansfield YMCA and helping out at the local food pantry.
"Our goal is to complete 1,000 hours of community service, just today, and I think we'll definitely do that with the numbers that we have," Frank Crofchick MU community conduct officer and service coordinator," said.
Crofchick, who coordinated the event and has been in his position at Mansfield for less than a year, is very impressed with the community service mindset of MU students.
"At Mansfield we care about community service," he said. "I think this breed of students coming up really cares and they want to have that relationship, building that bridge between the community and the university."
In addition to the students, Crofchick credits his coworkers and student-workers in the Student Life Department, the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Community Service Club for making "The Big Event" a success.
"The Big Event" had been an annual event at MU but was disrupted the past few years due to weather. Plans call for it to return to its status as an annual spring event.
For more information on community and volunteer services at MU, visit www.mansfield.edu/community-serv ice2.