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UMaine students skip parties for volunteer work

4:29 PM, Feb 27, 2013   |    comments
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ORONO, Maine (AP) - Dozens of University of Maine students are spending their upcoming spring break doing volunteer work rather than lounging on a warm-climate beach.

The university says many students will be building houses, delivering health care services, helping out in rural schools, and doing other volunteer work in the U.S. and Central America during their break from March 4-15.

Engineering students will work on a new sewer system in Honduras that they designed, while nursing students will provide medical assistance in rural clinics in Belize.

Others will help children victimized by domestic abuse in Virginia, work on improving housing in coal mining communities in West Virginia, help at an animal rescue facility in Pennsylvania, rebuild homes in New Orleans and provide respite in Florida for families of children with terminal illnesses.

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