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Alternative Spring Break Trip

Students to build houses for Habitat for Humanity in El Paso, Texas, from March 10-15.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 2-11-2014

Mankato, Minn. – More than 15 students from Minnesota State University, Mankato will spend their 2014 spring break by traveling to El Paso, Texas, to build houses for Habitat for Humanity from March 10-15.

The students are participating in Habitat for Humanity’s year-round Collegiate Challenge Program, which is coordinated through the Collegiate Challenge Team at Habitat for Humanity International in Americus, Ga.

Minnesota State Mankato student Mercede Cunningham said she was looking forward to participating in the alternative spring break opportunity.

“Habitat offers a family a whole new life,” said Cunningham. “There’s no way I’d pass up an opportunity to give them a home they can be proud of.”

In addition to donating their time and energy to help build houses, the Minnesota State Mankato students have already raised more than $2,700 for El Paso Habitat to build the home they are constructing as well as future homes in the area.

To further donation growth, students are partnering with Culver’s on Madison Avenue in Mankato from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18. A portion of proceeds raised during that time will go to defraying the cost of the students’ spring break trip. Those interested in donating and participating in the fundraiser may pick up tickets in the entryway at any major grocery store in Mankato or at Minnesota State Mankato’s Student Activities Office (Centennial Student Union 173).

More than 14,000 students from more than 700 colleges, universities and highs schools will work at more than 200 sites nationwide for Collegiate Challenge. Collectively, these students have pledged more than $1 million for the affiliates they are working with.

Students are helping themselves and the local community as they help others build new homes, new hope and new lives.

For more information about the alternative spring break trip, please contact Steph Stassen from Minnesota State Mankato’s Student Activities Office by phone at 507-389-5746 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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