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April 1st, 2009
Bobcat Build coming back this weekend


Bobcat Build, an event in which Texas State students and faculty give back to the San Marcos through volunteering, will bring out more than 3,000 participants on Saturday, April 4.

“This is the Bobcat way of saying thank you to everyone in our community, not just those of low socioeconomic status,” said Bobcat Build Director Abby Brittain.

Job types will include painting homes, yard work, residential outdoor and playground repairs, neighborhood cleanup and trail building, among others.

“Bobcat Build has a special place in my heart,” said Operations Co-Chair Drew Shelton. “Through this program, I have the opportunity to really bond with members of the community. It’s an experience I will always value.”

Any student, employee or student organization is invited to participate.

Bobcat Build will start with a kick-off rally at the east parking lot of Bobcat Stadium. Local singer/songwriter Tje Austin will perform. Volunteers will receive a free breakfast, t-shirt and tools needed to complete assigned projects.

Sponsors include the Non-Traditional Students Organization, the Student Service Fee Committee, the LBJ Student Center, the Office of Equity and Access, the Vice President for Student Affairs office, the Parents Association, the Texas State Alumni Association, the Panhellenic Association, McCoy’s Building Supply Centers, the City of San Marcos, the Achieving Community Together (ACT) Committee, McDonald’s, Sweet Leaf Tea and Texas Disposal Systems.

Local businesses are also invited to help support Bobcat Build by donating food, drinks, tools and supplies.

Since 2003, when Bobcat Build started, the program has grown from 700 students at 40 locations, to more than 3,500 students expected for this year. For more information, visit the Bobcat Build website, or call (512) 245-4245.

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