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Olivet College plans service trip to help hurricane survivors in New Orleans
Dec 06, 2011

Olivet College is once again planning a weeklong service trip to support Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans. A group of 18 students and two employees will leave Saturday, Dec. 10, following the college’s final exams. The group will help rebuild areas of the city and return to Olivet Saturday, Dec. 17. In addition, they will spend one night at the Morgan-Scott Project in Deer Lodge, Tenn., where they will be delivering new, unwrapped toys for families in need.

While visiting New Orleans the group will work with the St. Bernard Project, an organization that rebuilds homes in St. Bernard Parish, the only county in U.S. history rendered 100 percent uninhabitable following a natural disaster. The students will also learn about the culture and history of the city, as well as the complex issues associated with the damage caused by the hurricane and the impact it has today.

For the fifth consecutive year, Olivet College was awarded a grant from the Missionary Society of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches to sponsor the trip, which is coordinated by Rev. Mike Fales, director of service learning and campus ministries at Olivet. Assisting Fales this year is Jean Paul Cortes, an Olivet graduate and the college’s community service coordinator. This is the eighth trip since December 2005 that students from the college have taken to help with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

Students participating in the service project include: Chantell Ash, a freshman from Marshall; Amber Chase, a senior from Hastings; Danielle Chauvin, a senior from Charlotte; Jason Christensen, a sophomore from Marshall; Michelle Cooper, a junior from Battle Creek; Erik Critchlow, a freshman from Marshall; Victoria Curenton, a junior from Detroit; Rafael Figueroa, a junior from Olivet; Ryan Fox, a senior from Marshall; Justin Gaeta, a senior from Horton; Marcee Lettinga, a junior from Grand Rapids; Ginger Major, a junior from Olivet; Megan Newton, a sophomore from Kalamazoo; Macy Rose, a junior from Kalamazoo; LaShawna Ross, a freshman from Albion; Riana Rowles, a junior from South Haven; Chelsea Sutherland, a freshman from Ceresco; and Matt Weaver, a junior from Marshall.

For more information, contact Fales at (269)749-7624 or mfales@olivetcollege.edu.


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