Molloy Students Serve Communities Across the USA

This year, Biology students led by Dr. Anthony Tolvo worked with the College's partner, Coastal Education and Coastal Education Research Facility (CERF) at the University of New Orleans. The students helped to restore Louisiana's coastal wetlands that were destroyed by the hurricane.

Dr. Geri Cornell and her Nursing students spent a part of their week rebuilding a home that was left damaged by Katrina. The students also worked with Volunteers of America, and they presented topics in health and provided health screenings for residents of a local rehab facility.

Since 2007, Molloy College students, administrators and faculty have traveled to New Orleans during spring break to participate in a week of service projects that support the continued rebuilding efforts, since Hurricane Katrina left the city devastated. The annual Alternative Spring Break trip, sponsored by the Office of Experiential Learning, involves participation from three groups of students.

In addition, students from various disciplines volunteered with Rebuilding Together and helped to rebuild homes in the neighborhood of Gentilly, New Orleans.

This unique and immersive experience allows Molloy students to challenge themselves as well as learn about topics that emerge after a natural disaster, such as economic disparity and social justice issues. Students who participate learn the true meaning of service to others.

"I truly felt appreciated from every task we did, from taking down and rebuilding a fence to sanding and mudding the walls. It was great to meet and talk to both homeowners. Looking back at our week, we did make a difference. Although we could not see the final product, it is important to realize it takes a team and time to build a house. No project is too small or unimportant. I am thankful for the opportunity to give back to the community through the Alternative Spring Break trip," said Sara Schneider, Graduate Business student.

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