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Feb. 21, 2007
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Social work students take to the road to help New Orleans residents

YPSILANTI — While most students will use their upcoming spring break to relax, 30 social work students from Eastern Michigan University will be driving to New Orleans to help the city recover from last year’s Hurricane Katrina.

The volunteers will leave Feb. 23 from the Student Center and return March 3.

During their stay, the students will help construct low income housing with Habitat for Humanity and Musicians Village; remove mold from homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina; plant trees; work in animal shelters, youth programs and schools that need ongoing support; and prepare meals for volunteers.

Social work is committed to social justice and helping to rebuild New Orleans is a way of expressing our mission,” said Majorie Ziefert, director of the School of Social Work.

This is the second year for the School of Social Work spring break program.



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