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March 3, 2003

Valdosta - Spring break doesn't mean rest and relaxation for some college students. For one group, their holiday will be filled with dry wall and drilling.

"I can't think of a better way to spend my Spring Break," said Brett Iafigliola. "This is better than going to any beach."

Nearly 80 students from 5 different campuses across the United States are gathering in Valdosta this week for the 7th annual Collegiate Challenge build.

"It's great because you get to meet other students from all over the country and we're all making a difference for other people while having a great time," said Aneesha Griffin.

Monday, they began construction on the walls, and by the end of this week, will complete the frames of more than 15 new homes.

Robin Eastwood says the choice between sunny beaches and the building blitz was an easy one. "I'm having fun with my friends, and its rewarding because I'm helping families get a brand new home," said Eastwood.

While they may not return to school next week with a tan or the typical beach blast stories, the students say this unique experience is proving to be their best spring break ever.

posted at 1:30 by ashley.harper@walb.com