College students spend Spring Break building houses in Pickens Co.

PICKENS CO., SC (WSPA) – When you think of college students on Spring Break, you might imagine them having fun on a beach somewhere.

Some college students chose to come to the Upstate to do something a little different. Instead of taking their time off to go on vacation, more than 30 students from Widener University in Philadelphia chose to help others instead.

Students came to Pickens County to volunteer for Habitat For Humanity and help build houses for people in need. It’s part of the non-profit’s Alternative Spring Break program.

Over the last two weeks, students picked up tools most of them had no experience ever using.

Each group came in for a week to work on houses in Liberty, Pickens and Easley. By the end of their trip, students go home with new skills, knowing they’ve done something amazing to help the community.

“I just couldn’t think of something I’d rather do during my Spring Break than giving back to people so I’ve been doing this for 3 years now.,” said Sarah Wright, one of the student volunteers.  “All of my college Spring Breaks have been all across the country working for Habitat For Humanity. I like giving back, especially to people who are really deserving of it, and I think Habitat has a good way of choosing those people who actually are working towards bettering their life.”

Another student volunteer, Elizabeth Bean, told 7News, “I really think it’s really important to give back to the community and seeing the impact it has on the community and the homeowners is really an amazing, rewarding experience.

While these students chose to give their Spring Break time to others, they still got to enjoy the Upstate in their time off. Some got to explore Greenville and check out a Clemson game.

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