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A feel-good reminder of community … (You’re welcome)


Clay County (Florida) Habitat for Humanity welcomed Pennsylvania College of Technology students and advisers earlier this month for a service-oriented alternative spring break. The group volunteered through Collegiate Challenge, which, for more than a quarter-century, has engaged high school and college students in construction of safe and affordable housing throughout the country. The Penn College crew, which undertook a variety of jobs at a property in Green Cove Springs, was led by Sammie L. Davis, coordinator of diversity and student engagement, and Cathy E. Gamez, coordinator for Dauphin Hall. The 16 student members were Sydney M. Camut, Shippensburg, engineering design technology; Matheau A. Davenport, Lewisburg, engineering design technology; Lacey A. Decker, Emporium, pre-dental hygiene; Hunter C. Dubbs, Bendersville, software development and information management; Caleb M. Ely, Springville, engineering design technology; Aleah M. Emlet, Altoona, electronics and computer engineering technology; Dean R. Fulton, Palmyra, business management; Marcie M. Harman, Nescopeck, building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration; James C. Keyser II, Dillsburg, plastics and polymer engineering technology; Jesse D. Laird, Newville, nursing; Natasha Martin, Williamsport, applied management; Alaina M. Murren, Aspers, dental hygiene; Nicholas A. Noll, Lock Haven, plastics and polymer engineering technology; Abbigail I. Royer, McClure, human services; Michael V. Saylor, Gettysburg, residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration; and Rose M. Warner, Lawton, business administration: banking and finance concentration.

– Photos by Sammie L. Davis and Sydney M. Camut

The group prepares to hit the road on a helping-hand mission.
The group prepares to hit the road on a helping-hand mission.

Warner and Ely install bathroom fixtures.
Warner and Ely install bathroom fixtures.

Prepping screen doors under Habitat supervision are Murren (with drill), Keyser (in glasses), Noll (in hat) and Camut.
Prepping screen doors under Habitat supervision are Murren (with drill), Keyser (in glasses), Noll (in hat) and Camut.

Steeped in Penn College pride are (from left) Gamez, Murren, Fulton, Davenport and Camut.
Steeped in Penn College pride are (from left) Gamez, Murren, Fulton, Davenport and Camut.

Laird and Emlet work on new siding and windows.
Laird and Emlet work on new siding and windows.

Decker secures a new window.
Decker secures a new window.

Taking a break from yard duties are (from left) Warner, Harman, Royer, Fulton, Camut and Decker.
Taking a break from yard duties are (from left) Warner, Harman, Royer, Fulton, Camut and Decker.

Outside St. Augustine Lighthouse
Outside St. Augustine Lighthouse

The Penn College group, with Clay County Habitat staff, executive board and volunteers
The Penn College group, with Clay County Habitat staff, executive board and volunteers

Murren and Keyser haul sod.
Murren and Keyser haul sod.

Mullen (foreground) and Gamez work on paint touchups to doors and walls, among the various inside projects tackled during the visit.
Mullen (foreground) and Gamez work on paint touchups to doors and walls, among the various inside projects tackled during the visit.

The group enjoys a traditional slow country boil lunch on its last day.
The group enjoys a traditional slow country boil lunch on its last day.

 

 

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