Students spend spring break working with Habitat

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Students from across the country are spending their spring break in an alternative way, by coming to Meridian and helping better the community.

“We are excited to have these students; they are energized, excited to be here to work on the home and to give back to Meridian, Mississippi,” explained Monica Bradley, Community Outreach Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity.

Students from Suffolk University and University of North Georgia have traveled to Meridian during their spring break to help with the Lauderdale County Habitat for Humanity.

“I thought that this was a really good opportunity for me. I thought it would be very fulfilling. And I am actually a dual enrolled student right now and since I don’t have any high school classes right now, I was able to do this. And so it is a really great opportunity,” said Kaitlin Ostendorf, a student at University of North Georgia.

Around 21 students and leaders are helping renovate a home. From sweeping the floors to painting to helping nail up boards. The students were ready to work.

“I have been taping the windows and we are going to paint. And I am excited because I paint a lot at home and it is like, yes, I get to help someone build their beautiful home,” said Leslie Rojas, a student at University of North Georgia.

For many students, being able to help out and give back to others during their week off from school is worth the hard work.

“I get to go a whole week to a place I have never been before and learn new things about everything. I am hoping to learn, meet new people and just give back as much as I can,” said Kiley Soulier, a student at Suffolk University.

Leaders with the local Habitat organization explain through the help of volunteers, it makes it easier to complete their mission.

“Anybody who wants to come out and work with the students this week, they are more than welcome to come and join us. We are here from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. every day Monday through Friday to come out and visit with students that you might not normally get to meet,” said Bradley.

For more information about Lauderdale County Habitat for Humanity you may call 601-485-4992.