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Olivet College plans service trip to help hurricane victims in New Orleans
Dec 03, 2012

Olivet College is planning its ninth weeklong trip to New Orleans, La., to aid Hurricane Katrina victims. A group of 16 students and two employees will leave Saturday, Dec. 8, following the college’s final exams. In addition, they will spend one night with the Morgan-Scott Project in Deer Lodge, Tenn., where they will be delivering new, unwrapped toys for families in need.

While in 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 visit the French Quarter and 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. They will return to campus Sunday, Dec. 15.

This fall, Olivet College was awarded a grant from the Mission and Outreach Council 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 Ian Peters, an Olivet graduate and the college’s community service coordinator. The college was also awarded a grant for Katrina relief work from the Higher Education Division of the Covenant Association of the Michigan Conference of the United Church of Christ.

Students participating in this year’s service trip include: Jaime Cain, a freshman from Grant; James Collins, a freshman from Lowell; Beth Conrad, a junior from Ionia; Lauren Crownover, a sophomore from Saline; Victoria Curenton, a senior from Detroit; Casey Eldridge, a freshman from Nashville; Zachary France, a sophomore from Marshall; Olivia Horgrow, a sophomore from Ypsilanti; Carrie Jacob, a junior from Albion; Brittnee Johnson, a freshman from Ann Arbor; Elisio Martin, a junior from Lansing; Melissa McPhail, a freshman from Hemlock; Chellel Narcissa, a junior from Detroit; Charity Okwir, a sophomore from Ypsilanti; Rachel Phillips, a sophomore from Highland; and Chris Wilcox, a senior from Marshall.

For more information, contact Fales at (269)749-7624 (office), (517) 231-6818 (cell) or mfales@olivetcollege.edu.


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