Habitat for Humanity participates in Collegiate Challenge

Habitat for Humanity participates in Collegiate Challenge

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Thirteen students and four advisors from Lycoming College recently participated in Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge in Pittsboro, N.C. The week-long program is specifically geared toward college students on their spring break. This was 21st year that Lycoming students participated in the challenge.

Students and advisors worked with the Chatham County Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Pittsboro, N.C. For five, approximately six-hour days, they focused on siding, roofing and painting a home.

For many of the students, meeting and working with Amanda, who will be the recipient of the home, was the highlight of the trip. She is an employee of the Carolina Tiger Rescue, a non-profit wildlife sanctuary whose mission is saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild.

The students stayed at Camp Royal, a 133-acre summer camp located a few miles from their work site. At the camp, they had access to the dining hall, sleeping areas, showers, gymnasium and outdoor athletic field. During their free time, they traveled to Chapel Hill, N.C., for a day of shopping and sightseeing.

"The most valuable thing I took away from the Habitat trip was how important it is to try new things, meet new people and face your fears," said Claire Zido, a junior sociology major. "I never would have pictured myself on a rooftop until I went on this trip, and I never would have met such wonderful people. To know that we all come from such different places on campus, yet we were able to come together for such an amazing purpose is pretty special. The memories will last a lifetime, as well as the friendships made."

As part of its fundraising efforts, the College's Chapter of Habitat for Humanity will host a pancake dinner Tuesday, April 5, from 4:30-7 p.m. in Lycoming' East Hall Coffeehouse, corner of Franklin St. and Washington Blvd. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children and students.

Lycoming College Habitat for Humanity is a Christian-based organization that has been active on campus since 1990. In addition to its annual spring break trip, the chapter is involved in the local community. The College dedicated its first Habitat house in December 2003.

Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News and World Report. Founded in 1812 in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.