[Big-Event]

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Virginia Tech students and faculty are gearing up for The Big Event...a day to complete service projects in local communities.
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Tomorrow morning an estimated 2-thousand from the university campus will volunteer to complete over 4-hundred projects. The Hand by Hand playground in Blacksburg is one site on the list. About 30-volunteers are expected to complete maintenance work...
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((JODY DANIELS/FRIENDS OF HAND BY HAND PLAYGROUND; EVERY YEAR WE NEED TO SAND IT AND THEN AFTER IT'S SANDED A SEALANT IS APPLIED TO PRESERVE THE WOOD THERE ALSO GOING TO APPLY MULCH THE BOTTOM OF THE PLAYGROUND IS A VERY SPECIAL MULCH THAT IS VERY KIND TO CHILDREN.))
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[VO-NAT]

The idea for The Big Event started at Texas A&M in 19-82. Officials say almost 30-universities across the country now participate. (------------)