A spring break to remember

Students from Auburn University

Students from Auburn University touched up walls at Church of God in Christ in North Port St. Joe.

Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 09:05 AM.

While most youth across the country invaded various beaches to relax, party and get away from the school grind, a group of students from Auburn University spent their spring break in Gulf County last week on a mission to make a difference.

Three hundred students forming 25 construction crews positioned around Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe painted, leveled, pressure-washed, and performed repairs on buildings and homes within the community.

Relations with the community were further developed through street ministries and a basketball camp at Oak Grove Church.

The students are congregation members of First Baptist Church in Opelika, Alabama that for the past six years has worked alongside the Gulf County Christian Community Development Fund to coordinate projects for the students while they’re in town.

“There are some great hearts here,” said Lizzie Handlin, who spent her second spring break in Port St. Joe as part of outreach trip. “It’s the people that keep us coming back.”

The students see what their deeds sow.

“I love the positive impact it has on the community,” said Connor Bradley who celebrated his fourth year in Gulf County.

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