North Dakota students devote spring break to Habitat project

By Staff
POUNDING AWAY North Dakota college student Andrew Markell, right, pounds a nail Monday at Habitat for Humanity's newest house project at 1802 39th Place in Meridian while fellow classmate Toni Willman holds the board. Photo by Fredie Carmichael / The Meridian Star
By Fredie Carmichael / staff writer
March 12, 2002
Instead of soaking up the sun on scenic Florida beaches or relaxing during spring break, Andrew Markell is working in construction in Meridian.
Markell is one of nine students and one pastor from Minot State University in North Dakota who are in Meridian this week helping build a home for Habitat for Humanity. The students, part of a Lutheran Campus Ministries group, answered a challenge from Habitat's Collegiate Challenge program.
Help from all over
Local Habitat volunteers started the house on March 4. Four groups from around the country are scheduled to help.
Don Syde, construction supervisor for Habitat, said he hopes to have the three-bedroom home ready for its new family by April 1.
So far, the North Dakota students are the second group to work on the house. They arrived in Meridian on Friday and will fly back to North Dakota from Hattiesburg on Monday.
The group is staying at Pine Lake Fellowship Camp, west of Highway 19 North near Old Eighth Street Road. The students will work each weekday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Seeing a little of the state
Pastor Tim Eighmy, who works with the North Dakota students, said it's a great feeling to see college students donating their spring break to a worthy cause.
Markell said he plans to go watch a Mississippi State University baseball game in Starkville on Saturday.
Eighmy said others plan to tour the Dentzel Carousel and possibly travel to Jackson or the Coast.

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