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FPU students volunteer for Habitat for Humanity during spring break

Thirteen Franklin Pierce University students and two Franklin Pierce staff advisors teamed up with Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge to use their spring break week to work on building homes in Wilmington, Del.

The students and advisors drove down together in three vans, offering their time and energy to paint and do interior and outdoor project work on the newly built or rehabbed homes.

Shortly after their arrival, the students were given the opportunity to meet with a family that would be moving into one of the Habitat for Humanity homes they would be working on. The couple explained to them how they would be able to give their children a better home and described the positive changes that Habitat for Humanity had made in the neighborhood by rehabilitating homes there.

Co-coordinators Miranda Mantello, Kathryn Bernier, and Bradley Arena helped plan the week. All of the students slept on the floor of one of the houses and took turns cooking in teams during their Alternative Break. Local volunteers and contractors also worked with them on the homes. Scott Ansevin-Allen and Bill Sweet were the advisors on the trip who worked alongside the co-coordinators and the other students in the group: Chris Brewer, Alexandra Marella, Joel Torres, Natasha Ray, Nevena Teodosic, Samantha Maragnano, Paige Mcgroarty, Raphael Levy-Lesko, and David Schwartz.

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