BGSU students to offer spring-break hurricane aid

A group of 51 Bowling Green State University students will spend their spring break in Texas—helping clean up after unwelcome past visitors to the Galveston area.

The BGSU students are scheduled to board a bus at about 5 a.m. Saturday (March 7) for the roughly 20-hour trip, which will take them to La Marque, Texas, just north of Galveston. They will be working in nearby San Leon, removing debris and doing demolition work necessitated first by Hurricane Rita, which struck the area in September 2005, and then exacerbated last September by Hurricane Ike. Joining them in Texas will be peers from other colleges in an effort coordinated by the National Relief Network.

Rebuilding work is also a possibility for the BGSU students, who will leave campus from parking Lot E, across Thurstin Avenue from the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, and will return to the Union at about 3 p.m. Friday (March 13). Accompanying them will be Paul Valdez, interim coordinator for major events in BGSU’s Office of Campus Activities, and two graduate student assistants.

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(Posted March 06, 2009 )