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Release date:
March 5, 2002
Contact: Deb Hammacher, Associate Director: 404-727-0644 or dhammac@emory.edu

Media Advisory

Emory Students to Spend Spring Break Volunteering

Several groups of Emory students will spend their week off working in service to others in a variety of locations during the university’s spring break March 9–17.

Alternative Spring Break 2002 Leads Three Service Trips
Emory student group Alternative Spring Break is spearheading three widely different service trips that will involve 26 Emory students in projects ranging from trail maintenance to literacy tutoring to construction work for Habitat for Humanity.

Eight Emory students head to Columbus, Ga., March 9–17 to join 300 other college students for Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge, a week-long building blitz. The students will attempt to finish 50 houses in a week for families in the Columbus area. For more information on the Collegiate Challenge, call Habitat for Humanity at 706-653-6003 or e-mail Emory student Paul Hartley at pdhartley@bigfoot.com.

Another group will head to Golden Pond, Ky., for a week of trail maintenance and litter control in the Land Between the Lakes, a U.S. Forest Service conservation area. The eight students will camp out at the site and spend their week working in the area. For more information on the trip, contact Lauren Giles at 404-373-2189 or 404-315-1005.

A third group of 10 students will work for the seventh year in a row at Anthony House, a homeless and hunger outreach center in Zellwood, Fla., near Orlando. The 10 students will participate in the center’s tutoring program for young children and complete building maintenance projects for the house. For more information, call Shariyf Muhammad at 404-251-1308 or the Anthony House at 352-383-5577.

Emory's Gospel Group Spreads Music Ministry to New York City
Voices of Inner Strength, Emory’s African-American student gospel choir, will be in New York City March 9 – 14 to sing at several city-wide events marking the six month anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy.

While in New York, the group will sing at a nursing home where one of its members works during the summer. The group also will give a concert at Amherst College in Massachusetts.

"We were asked to sing at several events and we thought it would be a good opportunity to give back to the people of New York City," says Alicia Goldsby, group president. She can be reached at 404-664-5621.

Candler Students Take Class Work to Central America
Candler School of Theology seminarians will put their learning and theories into practice with hands-on activism in Central America March 9 – 18 when they go to Honduras, one of the hemisphere’s poorest countries, to work in a medical clinic, help build a shelter and assist in a potable water project. The 16 divinity students are taking the class "Poverty, Community Development and Theology: An Introduction to the Church in Central America," taught by Candler professor David Jenkins. Jenkins may be reached at 404-727-4161.

The group will be in the village of El Limon in the central mountains of the country. Jenkins says the group expects to see about 1,000 people at the medical clinic where they will work. A former student of Jenkins, now a water engineer, will help the village build a system to run water to homes instead of obtaining it from one central source. The class also will assist in a building a caretaker’s home next to a field where the village tends all of its animals.
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