Students pass up fall break, to work

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October 19th, 2010

By Ben Bohall

Students renovate homes for UNO's 3 Days of Service (Photo courtesy UNO Service Learning Academy)

Many students would probably view fall break as a welcome chance to catch up on rest, relaxation or even travel. But for the students volunteering for the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s 3 Days of Service, it’s a chance to do something productive over the long weekend, even if it involves the fundamentals of home improvement.

The idea originated as an attempt to provide an alternative for students planning to spend spring break at college hotspots like Cancun, the program would usually offer students seven days to spend helping the community. The success of prior events in the spring has led to an extension of the event for three days in the fall. Activities include building renovations, landscaping, painting and general cleanup in areas of Omaha and Council Bluffs. These sites have included four Habitat for Humanity houses in North Omaha, as well as additional work done at a school in Council Bluffs, where 60 volunteers came out to lend a hand Saturday.

Public Relations assistant Julia Lahood, who worked at one of the Habitat sites this weekend, said the program isn’t exclusive to college students, as many high school students have also come out to show their support.

“I think kids are… looking for a way to stay in their city, but to do something productive,” she said. “These kids are taking time out of their busy schedules, putting a lot of effort in, and really showing up and doing a lot of great work that will benefit a lot of people.”

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