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February 15, 2000 Holy Cross Students Participate in Spring Break Service Programs

February 15th, 2000 by 

WORCESTER, Mass. – Approximately 280 Holy Cross students will depart from Worcester on March 4 to spend their spring break participating in the Appalachian Service Program and Habitat for Humanity.

Students involved in the Appalachian Service Program (a program created at Holy Cross more than 20 years ago) will travel to 12 sites in Appalachia, Maine, Camden, N.J., and Philadelphia, Pa., to assist with home repair, visit the elderly, work in soup kitchens, help the disabled and tutor school children.  This year’s program is being led by Chris Kearns-Barrett, a 1983 graduate of Holy Cross.  (His wife, Marybeth Kearns-Barrett, is an associate director in the chaplains’ office at Holy Cross and a member of the Class of 1984.)  Erin Wallace and Matt Dowgert, both members of the Class of 2000, are the student coordinators.

A chapter of Habitat for Humanity was established at Holy Cross this academic year.  The students, now active within the larger Worcester organization, participate in choosing the sites.  Groups will travel to Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Michigan, Florida, Louisiana, Georgia and Virginia to build houses.  Katie Boland ’01 and Matt Schnaars ’00 are the student coordinators.

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