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Habitat for Humanity

Collegiate Challenge

Twenty-eight members of the Washington College community spent their spring break week building a house in Columbus, GA, as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge Program. This was the College program’s 12th alternative Spring Break trip, and 25 students (roughly 2% of the student body), one staff member, one faculty member, and one alumnus made the journey, as the largest Collegiate Challenge team fielded by Washington College yet.During the Week of March 14-18, the volunteers partnered with NeighborWorks of Columbus and Columbus Area Habitat for Humanity to erect a home at 2055 Cusseta Drive for future owners, David and Tomeka Grayer. They worked through the sun and rain, and slept on the gym floor of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, which has hosted Washington College for four years running. In their off hours, the merchants of Columbus provided free movie passes, free ice cream, and free hockey tickets to all Collegiate Challenge participants. The group completed their work of “drying-in” the Grayers’ home with a deep dedication to community service and a sense of commitment to the group, the Grayer family, and the surrounding neighborhood.