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The students were part of the "Living and Learning" community on their campus. The program includes community service. This week was a holiday break for the "Huskies", but they chose to spend it renovating houses to those in need.
"They are on their winter break and, you know, they don't get any college credit for this, this is just out of the goodness of their heart," said Debra Rollins. Rollins is the executive director of Rebuilding Macon, the local non-profit that worked with the student volunteers. This was the third and last day of the program.
The owner of the house where the students worked today, Bessie Cofield, was a worker for Delta for 22 years.
Rollins says that it's been difficult for Cofield to get things done on just a retirement check. But Cofield says she appreciates everything the volunteers' work.
Cofield said, "I just thank everybody so much for what they are doing for me."
This is the second year that Connecticut has done the program. Rollins says that different schools do alternative breaks with her group. But she says locals are welcome to volunteer as well.
Ben Paul, the leader of the community service committee, said, "It's definitely been rewarding. We're helping people that are less fortunate than us, and it makes us truly grateful for what we have."
Aaron Plotkey had never done the project before and said he would definitely do it again.
Plotkey said, "It was really rewarding to see the owners of the homes come out after all of our work and how grateful they are for what we've done. I think everyone's grown from the experience."
Rebuilding Macon is planning on working with Boston University students in a few weeks.