August 15, 2006

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell chapter of Habitat for Humanity, in partnership with the Union-Snyder Habitat for Humanity, will break ground on a new house Saturday, Aug. 26.

The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at 511 Miller St. in New Berlin.

The house represents the Bucknell chapter's second construction and Union-Snyder Habitat's 14th since the group was founded in 1991.

The Miller Street construction is being made possible by the Bucknell chapter's two-year effort to raise $20,000, or about half the cost of the construction, to sponsor this new house for a local family.

Senior Tom Wagner, president of the Bucknell chapter, said a host of fundraising activities were conducted to raise money for the New Berlin construction. One of the most popular fundraisers was the Rubber Duck Derby held during the Lewisburg Arts Festival on Bull Run Creek. Participants sponsored rubber ducks racing down the creek for $5 each.

Additional fundraising events included community donation collection during Halloween, sales of Bucknell Chrome Emblems during Parent's Weekend, and sales of caramel apples during the Homecoming Weekend football game".

The Bucknell students who actively participate in Habitat for Humanity year after year share the passion to give back to the community and to help those less fortunate," said Wagner. "We're excited about having this opportunity to build this house and to work with the local Habitat affiliate to provide something truly remarkable to a family in the local community."

Marilyn Brill, president of the Union-Snyder Habitat for Humanity, said student volunteers will work on the construction throughout the fall semester and that the new house is scheduled to ready for occupancy by the host family in January 2007.

"I am impressed with the Bucknell chapter's dedication. They're really focused," said Brill. "This is a great group of young students."

Posted Aug. 15, 2006


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