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Faith & Service

Students to provide hurricane relief during Winter Break

Teghan Simonton Dec 18, 2017

Seven Waynesburg University students will be traveling to Aransas Pass, Texas over Winter Break, to assist in continuing Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. They will leave Saturday, Dec. 16, and return Friday, Dec. 22.

Kristen Stone, a network analyst for Information Technology Services, helped organize the trip and will be one of the trip leaders. After feeling devastated by the news footage earlier this year, Stone was determined to find a way to help in some way.

“This trip is important to me because it addresses an immediate need after a disaster,” said Stone. “We are helping people salvage their belongings and get them one step closer to returning home.”

During the week, students will be working with the organization, “All Hands Volunteers.” They will be clearing trees, removing debris, mucking out, gutting, cleaning and sanitizing damaged property.

“I was overjoyed when we got confirmation for the trip and cannot wait to get down there and begin helping,” Stone said.

Students attending the Texas service trip include:

Lauren Bailey, senior psychology major from Delmont, Pennsylvania (Franklin Regional High School)
Marla Holland, senior psychology major from Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania (Lakeview High School)
Veronica Kayona, freshman criminal justice administration major from Bridgeville, Pennsylvania (South Fayette High School)
Sarah Knisely, freshman mathematics secondary education major from Tyrone, Pennsylvania (Bellwood-Antis School District)
Haleigh Miller, senior computer security and forensics major from Mansfield, Pennsylvania (Mansfield Junior-Senior High School)
Rebekah Mohnkern, sophomore nursing major from Petersburg, Pennsylvania (Home school)
For more information about the trip, contact Kelley Hardie by calling 724-852-3461 or emailing

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.