LEWISBURG, Pa. - Twenty-five Bucknell students and staff are in Mississippi for winter break as part of a service-learning trip to help with relief efforts in the hurricane-devastated Gulf Coast area.
The Bucknell Katrina Relief team arrived at their tent-city in Waveland, Miss., Sunday, Jan. 8, and Janice Butler, director of service learning at Bucknell, has been filing email updates about the group's experiences and work.
Saturday, Jan. 14:
After a serious thunderstorm and downpour early Friday morning, the group got in some good work. One set of volunteers was on deconstruction - tearing down walls and taking out cabinets, sinks, etc. - at the home of Elaine Nabers. Her house is on a canal in Bay St. Louis. The flooding was over the roof of her two-story home.
The Bucknell team donned white Tyvek body suits (think haz-mat) to protect from the fiberglass insulation, plaster dust, and mold. We looked like a bunch of Oompah Loompahs from Willy Wonka. A lot was done and the family was very appreciative.
More dispatches from the Bucknell group are here.
Story posted Jan. 16, 2006