Students Spend Spring Break helping "Habitat for Humanity"


By Morgan Hightower

WLTZ - More than 100 students from across the U.S. and Canada are using spring break to build homes in Russell County.

There was a group in Columbus last week, this week there is another group is in Russell County. The students started their project on Monday. They will build four houses by Friday.

Mary Polly Miller is one of the residents who will be getting one of the homes. She says she has met the students and is grateful for their dedication. "My heart wants to burst. It's a blessing," she said. Miller expects to close on her new home in June.

But one student says the experience is helping her learn more about herself. "You get to step back, take a look at what you're doing and it kind of grounds you from the busy life you've been leading at school and stuff like that," explained Anna Barczak from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.

It is the eighth year students have come to Russell County to build homes, during their spring break. "Kids give us a great kickoff for the year. We get the preparation done. They come and really get the framing and everything, get that part done. And then we finish out the houses," said George Martin with Russell County Habitat for Humanity.