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March 5, 2004

Valdosta - A group of college students from Pennsylvania have taken the "break" out of spring break. "We've put all the walls up, pieced the roof together, put the windows in, and pretty much built everything from the ground up," said Amanda Scully.

They've given up their week to build a home for a family in need. Twenty-four students are taking part in Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge. "It's been a very worshipful experience for me, just serving God and serving others has been a great time," said Brad Kenny.

But just because they're not in school doesn't mean they're not learning. Amanda Scully says the lessons learned at a Habitat build are endless. "I was having trouble nailing and this one man showed me a different way to nail and it works perfectly," said Scully. "I've learned how to put up shingles, how to put studs in a wall," said Kenny.

And even though they haven't been to the beach, they'll still return to school with a suntan. "We haven't had weather above 40 degrees where we come from and having 80 degree days, being out in the sun and getting a little suntan on my face has been great," said Kenny.

Two more groups of students will build two Habitat homes next door to the one built this week over the next two weeks.

posted at 1:15 by ashley.harper@walb.com