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SWT students help clean up San Marcos


News 8 Austin (03/29/2003)
By Natasha Allen

Southwest Texas State University students spent their Saturday working, and not getting paid for it.

More than 700 students helped clean more than 40 areas all over San Marcos as part of Bobcat Build. They gardened, washed school buses, picked up trash, and cleaned gutters. And it was the students’ idea to donate a Saturday to community service.

“I feel that sometimes we don’t give enough back, we’re not as appreciative of the area that we live in, we’re citizens of San Marcos, too,” Robert Doerr of Associated Student Government said.

At the Henry Bush Child Development Center, students tilled a garden so that children could plant their own seeds and watch the flowers grow.

Over at Crockett Elementary, they created a tricycle track for kids to ride around on.

“To keep the gravel from going onto the concrete, because before they we're having to come out here, actually, the kindergartners sweeping it themselves before they could use it,” volunteer Lauren Barbazette said.

With the students’ help, Crockett Elementary staff members said they’re getting four weekends of work done in one day.

Students said they got something out of this too.

“When the little kids come up to us today and say thank you for doing what we’re doing, that's a big reward,” Barbazette said.

“Personal satisfaction, that I'm actually doing something that’s going to help others and not just always just thinking about myself,” volunteer Weston Pyburn said.

This was the first Bobcat Build. Organizers hope to make it an annual event.