Students make the grade in community service

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Cramming for final exams isn't the only way to get college students to break a sweat.

Saturday, students from the University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast campus spent the day in Bay St. Louis helping Habitat For Humanity.

This is the second year that USM students and faculty have taken part in the big event, an annual community service day.

Organizers say it's part of the university's commitment to volunteerism. USM Student Amanda Aubert was thrilled about the opportunity.

"I've always wanted to do something with Habitat For Humanity. It's actually been a goal of mine, and I just haven't had the chance to do it," Aubert said. "When I heard Southern Miss was doing it, I thought what a perfect opportunity for me as a student to get involved with my school and with an organization I've always wanted to do something with."

Ken Zantow is a USM Faculty Member.

"They're going to be tired today when they get home. That's the first thing because some of this is pretty hard work. And I think that's a lot of fun, and it's good. But it's a good tired," Zantow said.

In all, officials say about 60 USM Gulf Coast students volunteered Saturday. Some of students helped the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center with art projects for parents and children.

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