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Students Dedicate Spring Break To Helping Disabled Children & Adults


By Kara Duffy
March 25, 2013

Moultrie, GA- More than one hundred students from the University of Tennessee traded in flip flops and sunny beach vacations for power tools and making a difference.

It's all part of Moultrie's 4th annual Mega Impact Week and this year's focus is on helping children and adults with disabilities. One of those children is 13-year-old Jeffery Tuff.

"So far, we've helped with a bunch of special needs students in the church and we've started putting in doors here, knocking out dry wall, and putting in a handicap accessible bathroom for Jeffery," said Ben Selectman, a senior at the University of Tennessee.

"You never see Jeffery without a smile on his face, so to get to give him his own handicap bathtub is just amazing," said Cheryle Reeves, Mega Impact Project Coordinator. "Then, the kids are going to have a chance to get to re-do his room. They're so excited about that. They're going to surprise him."

Students at another project site across town were also busy working on a house.

"We're painting it and we're also replacing some rotten windows," said Nettie Hatcher, the director of the Breathe Ministry. "On the inside, there were some flooring issues. One of the children had fallen through the floor so we're repairing floor work."

Students say the experience has been extremely rewarding.

"I just get more from giving back than from anything else and I feel like every human could feel like that; just the love that I feel is just so awesome," said DeAnna Jarnagin, a senior at University of Tennessee.

The students will be doing service projects in Moultrie/Colquitt County though Thursday. One of those projects will be working on the "Breathe Center."

The Breathe Center is a facility located at Heritage Church in Moultrie, which is still under construction.

Once open, it will also host informational sessions for parents, as well offer music, art and dance classes for disabled children and adults.


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