A different kind of spring break for SAPC students
While many students packed their bags to head for the beach for spring break, members of the St. Andrews Presbyterian College Christian Student Union prepared for a different kind of trip. The group of seven students and Senior Associate Dean of Students Lewis Stroud traveled to New Orleans for the 2011 alternative spring break trip.
"There were a mix of reasons why I wanted to go on this trip," Sharon Patton said. "I'd never been to New Orleans and Louisiana was the only state I hadn't been to from Texas to the east. Plus I like to work with Habitat."
Patton was joined by Christine Harrelson, Holly Hickman, Olivia Taylor, Orianna Best, Shawn Mitchell and Josh Pickett.
The group joined forces with Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans (RHINO), an outreach ministry of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church dedicated to actively working to help New Orleans residents restore their lives both physically and spiritually alongside volunteers and partners from across the nation.
Despite everyone having a casual knowledge of each other from campus, the trip proved to be a great getting to know you session according to Christine Harrelson.
"It was quiet on the way down as everyone started to get to know each other better," she said.
Yet there was a bit of fun for the group at the expense of Stroud.
"The GPS hated Lewis," Holly Hickman reported. "He was a bit intimidating before we left for the trip, but we all got to know him better on the trip. We were all yelling at him by the end. He became like another dad."
Once they found where they were going, there were four houses included in their assignments. While Patton and Hickman were a team doing the "heavy lifting" in construction, there were four houses for the team to work in on the site. Harrelson paired with Taylor to put up medicine cabinets and toilet paper holders while the rest of the group worked on different projects.
"I thought working wouldn't be a lot of fun but it was," Harrelson said.
Patton added, "The people were really amazing. There is art in the city. There is a sense of community. They are still recovering but they are having a good time."
All three believe that the decision to go on the trip was a good one.
"If you get a chance to do a trip like this, do it," Hickman said. It's a great opportunity. It is not every day that you get to do something like that and help people."
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