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Elementary students reach out to Habitat for Humanity

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Most college students look forward to hitting the beach during their spring break, but some have other plans in mind.

For weeks, college students from all over the country will spend time doing work with Habitat for Humanity as part of Habitat's annual Collegiate Challenge.

But Elementary school students in Albany are making sure those students feel right at home, even picking up a paint brush and joining in

It may look messy, but to these kids it's worth it.

"It doesn't matter if we get messy, as long as we can help," said Tyler Martin.

Kids from Sherwood Acres Elementary school spent their morning painting flower boxes for Habitat homeowners.

"You got to paint two times so you cant see the wood inside," said Martin.

But they did more than just paint.

"They are also learning about housing issues in Albany and about what Habitat is and how we make a difference in the community," said Stacey Driggers, Executive Director of Habitat.

They spent time with college students in town for Habitat's annual Collegiate Challenge.

"They are great mentors and great role models and they are great for the students," said Driggers.

Every year, college students from all over the country come to Albany and do volunteer work instead of spending their spring break at the beach.

"Albany sounded like a fun place that needed our help so we decided to come down," said Marianne Long, student at Coastal Carolina University.

Lincoln Magnet school has been supporting Habitat's Collegiate challenge for 15 years now, raising money for the college kids and even making lunches in "special" bags.

"We decorate the bags, and pack the lunches for them this week," said Stacey Cross, Lincoln Magnet Counselor.

A small gesture, that makes a big impression.

"It's actually one of the highlights of the day when we get our lunch because they come in hand drawn lunch bags, said Long.

This year Lincoln Magnet raised close to 2,000 dollars for the lunches and presented Habitat with a check for 2,000 dollars this afternoon.

Habitat says the money donated from Lincoln Magnet will go towards finishing up some of the construction. They hope to finish three houses while the college students are in town.

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