MIAMI, OK.--- Some NEO students put down the school books to volunteer for Earth Day. They feel this is a way to give back to the community. It was a beautiful day to be outside, especially for 30 NEO students who took part in a service project.
"Oh it's wonderful! I couldn't believe that kids would do this on their day off, come over and work this hard," said Leann Hartman.
College students nationwide take part in a community service project called "Big Event" every year.
"We try to coordinate on the same week as Earth Day. So kind of our way to give back to the community and say thanks and also help keep things clean. Pick things up a little bit," said Lisa Bell, NEO Coordinator of Student Activities.
NEO students performed tasks for 12 houses who needed a little help around their houses.
"Got boxes out of the attic, then we have been raking leaves. At the previous location, I painted and pulled weeds," said Mikel Thomas, Volunteer.
Leann Hartman is one of the homeowners who received the community service.
"They have a burn ban on right now, I couldn't burn the leaves. So, I filled out an application at NEO to have the students come over on Earth Day and I'm very appreciative of them, they are doing a great job," said Hartman.
Those students felt it was a great way to give back to the community.
"Well, it's a beautiful day outside. It's great to come out and help the community, to clean up, and donate our time back as NEO college students," said Thomas.
This is the 5th year NEO has taken part in the "Big Event." Every year the number of students who volunteer continue to grow. The students worked from 8 this morning until the work was completed.