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Students to spend spring break building Habitat homes, helping to preserve environment

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Monday, March 10, 2008

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Media Contact: Susan Slupecki

ARLINGTON - Students with UTA Volunteers’ Alternative Breaks program at The University of Texas at Arlington will travel to Oklahoma City and Catalina Island, Calif., to work on various service projects during Spring Break.

In Oklahoma City, nine students and staff will be working with Habitat for Humanity building “Hope Crossing,” which will eventually be a development of 240 Habitat homes.

On Catalina Island, 12 students and staff will be working with CELP (Catalina Environmental Leadership Program) to do invasive plant removal, planting and transplanting, composting, hauling, raking, trail building, painting, seed collection, landscaping, mulching, gardening, beach clean ups and scientific data collection.

The Catalina team will depart at 5 a.m. and the Oklahoma City team will depart at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 16, from the E. H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St.

The Alternative Breaks program at UT Arlington began in 2002 and students have performed service work during spring and winter breaks in such locations as New Orleans (following Hurricane Katrina), Branson, Mo., and Brownsville, Texas.

Contact Brian Joyce at (817) 272-2963 or visit www.alternativebreaks.org or www.uta.edu/volunteer for more information.

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