Students Spend Spring Break In Eastern Kentucky

By: Julie Maloney Email
By: Julie Maloney Email

Instead of hitting the beach, college students from across the country have come to eastern Kentucky for spring break.

They're participating in Workfest, a program with the Christian Appalachian Project, which builds and repairs homes for families in eastern Kentucky.

WYMT's Julie Maloney spoke with students at a work site in Manchester.

74-year-old Bertha Cheek says she's called this house home for the past 45 years.

Shortly after her husband died last November, she found the house needed some she called the Christian Appalachian Project for help.

For the past three-weeks, college students from across the country have come to Clay County for their spring break to helping to repair Cheek's home.

“She's always around and usually has a smile on her face which just keeps us going,” Drew Simindinger said.

So far, the students have installed new doors and windows, built a new deck, added new siding, and are working to replace the roof.

“This spiritually fulfills you in ways that other things can't,” Simindinger said.

“You learn a lot about yourself and other people as well,” Anna Paulus said.

These college students say while most of their classmates are spending spring break at the beach, they're learning a lesson in life serving others.

They're helping to make life a little easier for Cheek.

Workers with the Christian Appalachian Project say Cheek's home will be finished next week.

The project is mostly funded through donations.

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