Tarleton Student Volunteers Take on Community Service Projects for Round Up

More than 1,100 student volunteers pitched in to handle a variety of chores for local residents for the 25th Tarleton State University Round Up in November.

STEPHENVILLE — More than 1,100 student volunteers tackled 109 requests for assistance at the annual Round Up, Tarleton State University’s largest student-led community service project.

For 25 years Tarleton State students have pitched in for the day on yard work, window washing, painting and other chores in the Stephenville area. 

“Tarleton Round Up is such a special event,” said Callie Dixon, Assistant Director for Public Relations. “It is completely student led and holds so many professional growth opportunities for students of all majors and classifications.”

Community members served included local business owners and older homeowners who needed help with tasks around their property.

“The student body gets a taste of true community service while also getting to directly see the impact that is made all in one day,” Callie said.

Seven student volunteers and a leadership team of 32 planned and executed Round Up under the guidance of advisor Erika Key and Student Director Kayla Key, who has been in her position for two years.

“I have met some incredible students who give up their time to help out the residents of Stephenville,” she said. “I have also met some wonderful community members who are extremely grateful for what this organization does. 

“I have been invited to Thanksgivings, Christmases, Easters, I was told that if I did not have a birthday cake for my birthday I could stop by this little old lady’s house by the hospital and she would make me a cake for my birthday. I have had residents cry because they are so thankful for the work we do. My favorite part about Round Up is when students come back from serving at their job site and tell the stories and memories they have made while serving the residents of Stephenville.”

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