Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) announced SFA's The BIG Event as a winner of the 2017 Ruthe Jackson Youth Leadership Award on May 19, 2017. The Ruthe Jackson Youth Leadership Award is one of eleven categories in the Keep Texas Beautiful Youth & Educator Awards and recognizes the efforts and leadership of young people and youth-oriented organizations who beautify their community and create cleaner, greener campuses, parks and neighborhoods. A full list of award winners can be found at www.ktb.org.
Each year, Keep Texas Beautiful recognizes the efforts of young people, educators, and educational institutions that promote beautification, waste reduction and litter prevention through environmental education and community activism. SFA's The BIG Event promotes unity between campus and community as students come together for one day to express their gratitude through service for the support from the Nacogdoches community. Students work in teams to complete projects across Nacogdoches County as a way to say "thank you!" to the community for their support of SFA students.
As a Keep Texas Beautiful Affiliate, Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful nominated SFA's The BIG Event because of the great impact on the community due to the hard work of all volunteers involved. Volunteers with SFA's The BIG Event worked with Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful to clear 330 pounds of litter from local highways, maintain the KNB tree farm and relocate hundreds of jonquil bulbs along Banita Creek Trail.
"The BIG Event volunteers that worked on KNB projects provided such a valuable service to the community and our organization," said Katie Blevins, KNB executive director. "They picked up roadside litter, beautified a local park trail and readied our tree farm for future tree sales and fundraising projects."