Second try: Boyd starts planning for Big Event

Published Saturday, January 12, 2019
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Making a Difference

MAKING A DIFFERENCE – Boyd High School students helped clean up multiple properties throughout the district last May for the school’s first Big Event. The school is already planning for its second event May 4. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Driving to take needed supplies to a group, Robin Nobles passed one of the first job sites for Boyd’s Big Event last May.

Nobles, who organized the event, was stunned by the difference her students made on a property within a short time.

“It was amazing how fast things were happening. When people come together, they can make a huge difference,” Nobles said. “Seeing this mass of white shirts working, it was really powerful.”

The countdown has started to Boyd High School’s second Big Event May 4. Nobles will hold the first planning meeting Monday and start accepting applications for student leaders. She said applications for residents in Boyd ISD who need jobs done will be available starting Feb. 1.

“We’re in the planning phases,” Nobles said. “We want to keep it on the first Saturday in May so it starts to form its own following and people can plan around it.”

In their first Big Event, which was patterned after the community service program at Texas A&M and later picked up at Northwest High School, 318 Boyd High School students completed 22 jobs across the district. The jobs ranged from removing junk and debris to gardening and painting.

“The first year I didn’t know what to expect,” Nobles said. “When we started planning, I felt we could do 10 jobs or maybe 12. I thought even 15 was more than we could handle. We started getting applications and received 25. We also had 28 leaders sign up. I couldn’t live with turning some away.”

Combining a few of the smaller jobs, they ended up completing 22.

Along with the students, there were 25 adult team leaders. The Boyd Fire Department, city of Boyd and several local churches and businesses also pitched in. Nobles noted the work of JDog Junk Removal in helping to clear debris on numerous properties.

“It was a school event, but the response from the community was incredible,” Nobles said. “There were individuals that wanted to come help and work with us.

“The city provided Dumpsters and workers that came by on trucks. The fire department worked six job sites and provided the heavy manpower.”

For the second year, Nobles is hoping the school can complete 25 jobs. She also wants to find one job for elementary students to complete.

Nobles and her team of student leaders, including Abby Hays, were able to secure several tools last year with the help of Lowe’s Home Improvement in Decatur.

Nobles said they are still in need of two riding mowers and two push mowers. They are also accepting monetary donations to assist with the event. Donations can be made at the front office or by emailing Nobles at rnobles@boydisd.net.

Nobles saw a lasting impact on many students from last year’s first Big Event. Two days afterward, Nobles said she had students asking when they were going to do it again. She also had a freshman tell her about raking leaves for a neighbor.

“He said he realized from the Big Event that if someone needs help, you should go and help them,” Nobles said.

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