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Lake Erie College students build home for family in need

During the 2010 spring break, nine Lake Erie College students of Students Making a Difference (SMAD) and one faculty member traveled to North Carolina to construct a home for Habitat for Humanity that was for a struggling family. Rather than using power tools in construction, the concept of “Going Green” was implemented.

SMAD is dedicated to volunteering, leading a positive lifestyle, doing acts of kindness and changing the world. Building a home was a great opportunity for the students to share their time.

The students who participated were Amanda Brown, Allison Pavkov, Rachel and Sandi Nypaver, Jessica and Jennifer Kenny, Danny Sulecki, Britt Bosson and Bridget Beury. Lizabeth Gehring, adjunct instructor at the College, also traveled with the group of students.

The students worked Sunday through Friday, Feb. 28 through March 5, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Their job consisted of putting up walls and constructing the roof of the house. They received meals and slept in sleeping bags inside a church.

Each student felt extremely pleased to be there and preferred this over lounging on a beach somewhere.

“The experience was extremely gratifying,” stated Brown.

“Everyone was empowered by how much could be accomplished in one week,” Sandi Nypaver pointed out.

What completed the experience for the students and Gehring, was being able to meet the family the home was being built for. In just one week, SMAD was able to impact a family’s life forever.

Lake Erie College, located in Painesville, Ohio, currently serves more than 1,200 students. Founded in 1856, Lake Erie is an independent, liberal arts institution that challenges its students to "get in and stand out" in academics, athletics and student activities. The College offers 35 undergraduate majors and graduate programs and the option to design an individualized major to fit career and academic goals. Lake Erie's innovative learning experiences focus on helping students to meet career and life challenges, preparing for a world that is increasingly interdependent.


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