Spring break service

By Katie Havranek and Marissa Warden

Nineteen students embarked on a journey to Fort Smith, Ar., over spring break. Margret Scott ’10, Laura Macke ’10 and Claire Schuch ’11 led the service trip that worked on roofing and siding two houses through Habitat for Humanity. The group also completed smaller projects such as wiring, patching and building a porch. Jordan Eckstein ’11 said that her favorite memory of the trip was “when the mayor came to visit while we were working on the house. He declared March 16-20 Macalester College days.”

Hansen said she was touched when she went to a family’s house for dinner because they made her feel welcomed.

There were other spring break trips including one to the Gulf Coast to do rebuilding work. The alternative spring break at Laura Jeffrey Academy, a girls focused charter school on Summit Avenue was another option.

“I spent my time there organizing, cleaning and arraning classrooms,” said Erin Twamley. “I also helped to paint the school logo on the entrance of the school. I love the philosophy of LJA and the girls that attend the school.”

She said the highlight of her week was “hearing the ‘thank you’s’ and seeing the smiling faces of the children as they got to go into the new clean and reorganized classrooms.