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      College students help needy in Albany for spring break

      Habitat home

      Most college students don't dream of spending their spring break hammering nails and sawing wood. But that's exactly why some students chose Southwest Georgia as their vacation destination.

      "We've been working since Monday and this is what we've been able to accomplish," said Forrest Revolinski. He is one of the students sharpening his carpentry skills on this home in Woodland Oaks as part of Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge.

      "It's a fundraiser nationwide where colleges actually take their spring break and find a location around the United States and support Habitat for Humanity for a full week building homes," said David Wilson of Flint River Habitat for Humanity.

      This week's students are on loan from Boston College, Florida State, and Bridgewater College in Virginia. A total of four homes in this neighborhood are currently under construction.

      "We're hoping by the end of the seventh week, the two homes will be finished and the other two will be closer â" anywhere from 50 to 60 percent completed," said Wilson.

      "Without the support of the volunteers, through work, drinks, snacks, time, we could not offer the homes to people that need them," said Ginny Shemery of Flint River Habitat for Humanity.

      The students could have spent their spring breaks somewhere like Cancun or Fort Lauderdale. But they say the chance to devote an entire week helping needy families was too rewarding to pass up.

      "You often don't get a chance to build four or five days at a time," said Revolinski. "Usually, it's just one day on a weekend and so it's great to see this much progress in this little time."

      "It shows the support of our young leaders today that they're willing to give of themselves to help a whole," added Shemery.

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