Mary Tutwiler

X-Treme Spring Break: Students Rebuilding Louisiana

by Mary Tutwiler

Forget about that blow out trip to Panama, or Panama City for that matter. Louisiana’s college students are signing up to spend their spring break helping Habitat for Humanity in their post hurricane rebuilding efforts. For the third year in a row, students will help raise walls for folks who qualify for Habitat-built homes. This year, Habitat is planning a blitz in Kaplan, six houses in a month, starting April 17, with six more planned for the summer. Next week, March 24-29, students from Louisiana colleges like McNeese, Nicholls State, Southeastern and UL will begin prep work for the project and build the backyard sheds for each house. “We sacrifice our spring break,” says UL X-Treme Spring Break organizer Candace Urbanowski, “but this is more important than going on a vacation.” During the past two years, over 175 students from eight community colleges and universities in the University of Louisiana system contributed sweat equity to help out those who have lost their homes to the storms. This year UL will host the effort, providing housing, educational workshops and transportation to the site. For more information, and to register , click here.