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Clarke Students Assist in Hurricane Katrina Service Trip

posted on April 3, 2006

For the second time since hurricane Katrina devastated the City of New Orleans, Clarke College students are volunteering time and energy to help with the clean-up effort.

A team of 13, including students, staff and one Clarke alum, will leave on April 9 to aid the work of the Catholic Charities Office of New Orleans and help local residents remove debris from their homes. Students will return on April 14.

An estimated 92,000 houses in New Orleans and 200,000 houses metro-wide were severely damaged or destroyed. Areas of the city are still without gas and power and thousands of homeowners are displaced until help arrives

“Ever since the hurricane hit, I have wanted to help the victims,” said junior nursing major Katie Strub. “When I found out that Clarke was offering this service trip, I knew that I had to take this chance to help out. I am very excited about this opportunity.”

A similar service trip team from Clarke College made the journey in January. In five days, they removed debris and gutted three homes down to the stud walls.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Public Relations Office at (563)588-6318.

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