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University of Evansville students team up with Habitat to build home

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Some University of Evansville students are building a new Habitat for Humanity home.

They broke ground on the project Monday morning.

Over the next few months you'll see about 20 or so UE students working away at 509 Covert Avenue.

Hard hats on and shovels in hand, they broke ground on the new project, which will eventually become a home for Sara Johnson, her husband and their five kids.

The university donated $25,000 to the project.

$55,000 was donated by the Hollander Group at Hilliard Lyons, to celebrate the Hollanders' 50th wedding anniversary.

This is the first time UE is partnering with Habitat.

It's part of a new social responsibility component the university is adding to its curriculum.

Starting with this incoming freshman class, students will be required to complete a 3 hour credit course that includes community service projects.

Jesse Willingham, a UE student says, "I've always been a big fan of hands on learning. I think it's something UE really stresses too, especially with social responsibility. We actually have time on every Wednesday for students to come out, so as long as they have a 2 hour block that they can come out in the afternoons all semester."

Habitat hopes to complete the home by December.

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