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Olivet College plans service trip to help hurricane survivors in New Orleans
Dec 08, 2010

Olivet College is once again planning a weeklong service trip to support Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans. A group of 20 students and two employees will leave Saturday, Dec. 11, following the colleges final exams. The group will help rebuild areas of the city and return to Olivet Saturday, Dec. 18. 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 Morgan and Scott counties, two of the poorest counties in Tennessee.

While visiting New Orleans, the group will work on inner-city homes that are still in significant disrepair due to Hurricane Katrina. 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 fourth 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 Blake Walters, a 2010 Olivet graduate and the colleges community service coordinator. This is the seventh 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: Heather Bartels, a senior from Coloma; Christopher Behnke, a senior from Bellevue; Vernon Davis, a senior from Olivet; Dan Dobring, a sophomore from Walled Lake; James Dye, a sophomore from Newaygo; Abigail Fangboner, a junior from Lansing; Sara Griffith, a senior from Brighton; Ernest Holly, a sophomore from Detroit; Libby Lydy, a junior from Woodland; Laura Markin, a senior from South Lyon; Eliseo Martin, a freshman from Lansing; Nicholas Mead, a junior from Charlotte; Kinna Parker, a sophomore from Grand Junction; Ian Peters, a junior from Marshall; Lindsay Selis, a sophomore from Potterville; Matthew Siebert, a junior from Marshall; Kelsey Singer, a junior from Brooklyn; Meghan Taylor, a freshman from Kalamazoo; Judith Tellez-Gonzalez, a senior from Atlacomulco, Mexico; and Jessica Zentz, a junior from Elsie.

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


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