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Hundreds of students flock to Columbus to build homes

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Hundreds of college students from all over the nation are in Columbus to help build homes. The Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge kicked off  Monday. The challenge is simple, build, 4 houses, in five days.

Some students may say spring break is a time to go somewhere exotic, but over 150 students from Columbus State University, the University of Pittsburgh, Ashland University and Washington College say they've made other plans.

"It's truly like a give, give situation. We give up out Spring Break and still have a lot of fun building houses," said University of Pittsburgh Senior Clare Kohler.

They've traded sombreros for shovels, and lounging for hammering.

"They are giving up their spring breaks to sleep on the floors of some local gyms, and churches and schools," says Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Brinkley Pound.

"It's really neat to lift up the walls and physically build a shelter for people, like put the roof up. It's just great," University of Pittsburgh Junior Sascha Steinberg said.

This is Steinberg's third year taking on the challenge. She made the 13-hour trip with fifty other students from the University of Pittsburgh.

Between them, both Sascha and Clare have built 11 homes in the Columbus area over the years. Clare says she wouldn't spend her final spring break any other way.

"Knowing what it's going toward and how it's helping people and helping communities, and helping families," said Clare.

By the end of the week, four new homes and a side park will be built on the corner of Cusseta Road and Mason Street.

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