Habitat for Humanity club members take part in the 2015 Collegiate Challenge

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By: Jill Eichhorn

File Under: club, habitat for humanity, service learning, student government association

Summer break doesn't mean a break from service projects for some Mount St. Joseph University students.

Eleven members of the campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity took part in the national organization's 2015 Collegiate Challenge with the East Cooper Habitat for Humanity in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina earlier from May 10-16. The students worked on two houses, learning how to replace a roof and build two decks. They also volunteered in the East Cooper Re-Store. 

According to Habitat for Humanity, the Collegiate Challenge is a year-round alternative break program where students have the chance to "improve their skills, connect with new people in a new place, put their faith into action and make a different in Habitat for Humanity's work of eliminating substandard housing."

"This was the culminating experience for students in the Mount's Habitat program this year," said Keith Lanser, service learning coordinator at the Mount. "The club completed two builds a month, including a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in January."

The Mount's Habitat Club was recently awarded the 2015 Outstanding Student Club Award from the Mount's Student Government Association.

The trip to South Carolina for the Collegiate Challenge wasn't all work. The students had a chance to spend some time in Charleston and go to the beach.