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Students finish work on Columbus area Habitat houses

Students from Washington College in Chestertown, Md., finished up work on four houses late Friday as part of the Columbus Area Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge.

“It was fantastic,” executive director Brinkley Pound said Friday. “They got more done than ever, thanks in part to 80-degree weather.”

Pound said the 35 students finished up work on three houses off Cusseta Road, started by the first group of students in Columbus earlier in the month, and built a fourth house.

“It’s pure servant leadership,” Pound said. “I’m glad they’ve enjoyed coming back here.”

Students from Washington College have built for the Columbus area Habitat in the past. Pound said while the students were in town, two of the families that live in Habitat houses the students built hosted cookouts for them.

“The kids love that,” she said. “One of the girls made the comment that it hit home that this was where they would be spending Christmas and Thanksgiving for the next 20 years.”

About 130 students from Columbus State University, the University of Pittsburgh and Ashland (Ohio) University worked on three houses during their spring breaks, March 5-9. At the end of the collegiate challenge, the houses are dried-in, meaning they are constructed from slab to roof, with doors, windows, siding, trusses, felt and shingles.

Over the years, Pound said students participating in the collegiate challenge have built 110 of the 270 Habitat houses in Columbus.

Another habitat group, called the Care-a-vanners, will come to do work on the houses in April, Pound said. Care-a-vanners are retirees with RV’s who do work on the houses that the students can’t, like laying flooring and putting up sheetrock, she said.

Pound said she hoped the houses would be ready for the families in occupy in June.

Sara Pauff, 706-320-4469