Temple students (from left) Chelsea Heck, Jenna Grasley and Emily Nadav help clear a home ravaged by Hurricane Katrina during a spring break community service trip to New Orleans.
Eighteen students and four administrators spent the week gutting seven homes, some of which had been left completely untouched since the hurricane struck in August.
Trip organizer Peter Seltzer, a former University of New Orleans student who transferred to Temple after the disaster, solicited campuswide donations of everything from gas masks to gas money.
But New Orleans wasn’t the only place where Owls made a difference this month. In Texas, Florida and North Philadelphia, Temple students built Habitat for Humanity homes and volunteered with community organizations.
Student leaders initiated two of the four trips, allowing more students than ever to participate in spring break community service this year.