Students to serve Habitat for Humanity during spring break

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Nine students will travel to Cabarrus County, North Carolina, over spring break to serve Habitat for Humanity. The trip will be led by Dr. Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication, and Erin Kern, graduate assistant for student activities, Sunday, March 4, through Saturday, March 10.

According to Sherman, students will be working with a single family to help build their new home. Tasks will include framing the house, roofing, installing windows and more. This is the eighth year Waynesburg University students are returning to Cabarrus County.

“[Students] get to see how beneficial it is to work with one community for so long, and how much more effective service can be when such a relationship is established,” said Sherman. “I think it also opens their eyes to the issues of poverty. Cabarrus County is not necessarily an overly impoverished county, but it still has many residents suffering from substandard housing.”

Students attending the trip include:

  • Melanie Byler, senior athletic training major from Salisbury, Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School)
  • Audrey Domasky, senior public relations major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (North Hills High School)
  • Olivia Kelley, junior public relations major from Morgantown, West Virginia (Trinity Christian School)
  • Joseph Pavlic, senior criminal justice administration major from Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania (Belle Vernon Area High School)
  • Steven Perroz, sophomore engineering math major from Tarentum, Pennsylvania (Deer Lakes High School)
  • Kelsey Schmale, sophomore biology major from Spring City, Pennsylvania (Owen J. Roberts High School)
  • Kira Schmale, sophomore environmental science major from Spring City, Pennsylvania (Owen J. Roberts High School)
  • Robert Turbett, junior mathematics major from Boyertown, Pennsylvania (Brandywine Heights Area High School)
  • Kyla Wolper, junior electronic media major from Ambler, Pennsylvania (Wissahickon High School)
  • Patience Yobp, junior criminal justice administration major from Valencia, Pennsylvania (Mars Area High School)

For more information, contact Kelley Hardie at 724-852-3461.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

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