Over 80 students from WKU's Campus Crusade for Christ group left early Saturday morning to help with the Hurricane Katrina effort in Pass Christian, Mississippi.
"Our students at Western will primarily be working alongside skilled carpenters, electricians, and plumbers to rebuild homes", says Campus Crusade for Christ Director, Thomas Weakley.
"They told us to come flexible because they had another group down there last week that just got started on some projects so we could be doing anything from building houses, to putting up drywall, to helping serve food, or talking to people in the community", says WKU senior Robert Ashby.
While many students have opted to hit the beach this Spring Break, others are taking part in service activities all across the country and it seems the number of students spending their spring break this way is rising.
According to www.alternativebreaks.org, more than 35,000 students nationwide will be participating in service trips to help others this Spring Break. That number is up fifteen percent from last year's Spring Break.
"To be a part of a national effort, helping the most devastation our country has experienced from a hurricane, that would be an area that they can really look back on and think they invested their time really wisely over their Spring Break", says Weakley.
"I can't say I haven't thought about the beach, but it wouldn't be as meaningful to me to be on the beach laying out doing nothing when I could go down south and help some people out", says Ashby.
"When you hear about it you don't really think that there's much damage, but I think when I get down there and see that everything's torn up, it'll just open my eyes up to see how much there actually is. I just hope more college students will try to get involved with something like this", says WKU freshman, Mary Bell.