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Record 800 Students Volunteer For Salisbury University's "The Big Event"

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SALISBURY, MD -  A record 800 students participated in the 9th annual "Big Event."

The Big Event is a day where Salisbury University students volunteer to come help in the community. This includes raking, yard work, painting and taking out the trash.

"It definitely strengthens the relationship between the community and the school. I met different people each year that I've done it. Also another incentive to it is to get community service hours when you do it so I know that's a big reason why a lot of people are doing it," says Michelle Blanchard, a senior at Salisbury University.

Even the local residents are grateful.

"I think it's great for the kids that are so inclined to get out and give to the community and have some interaction with the town people on a positive gain. Vise versa for us to see some of these wonderful kids and have good relationship with some of the students" says Glenn Woodhull.

And for some of the students, it's not about the college credits as much as it is about making an impact to the community.

"I think that Salisbury as a community is coming together, especially on campus. It has more of a general sense of community and people are getting excited to help out. People love the town, I love the town and it's just good to help out. We're in their home areas and it's just nice to help out and do our part," says senior Charles Hinds

"I feel like Salisbury is a town that doesn't realize it's a college town yet, so if we're getting out there and letting them know we're not just a bunch of party animals, it kind of brings us back to earth and brings us together," says sophomore Matthew Kanahin

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