HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Most students hit the beach for spring break, but a group of certain group of students decided to trade a beach front view for paint brushes and saw dust in the Hub City.
A group of 17 students from the Missouri University Science and Technology are spending the week in Hattiesburg as part of the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge.
The group is working on a pair of properties off North 23rd Avenue, one is an almost finished habitat home, and the other is a pre-existing home that was damaged in the February 2013 tornado.
The students arrived in town this past weekend, and the first place they got to work was the Fieldhouse for the Homeless on U.S. 49.
"I am personally really excited, I love the chance to help out, and I am a civil and architectural engineer so this is right up my alley, I get to help actually lay the bricks here and I just learned that in class so it's pretty exciting," said volunteer Jenny Huber.
According to the group's advisor, it gives the students a chance to learn skills that can not specifically be taught in the classroom, along with hands on experience that is a great learning tool.
"For me it's a really neat experience, this is my second year of Miner Challenge and I do it because I love to help people, and I love meeting new people and hearing the stories that they bring," said Student Trip Leader, Randi Cory.
The students are participating in their school's Minor Challenge, which is an alternative spring break program.
Several students noted the Minor Challenge's logo, which is "Dream big, work hard, change lives," and students said they would not have spent spring break any other way than giving back.