PSC Students enjoyed a different type of spring break at the beach

Spring Break 2014

Members from the Campus and Community Ministry Club at Potomac State College of West Virginia University spent their spring break in Chrisfield, Md. volunteering their time and talents in order to help repair and replace some of what Hurricane Sandy destroyed in Crisfield, Md. in late October 2012. Assisting with the project were (l-r): Gary Kalbaugh, Libby Kalbaugh, Antonio Rascon, Tiffany Sine, and Casey Kidder. Back row: Earl Bethards, Ron Hollingsworth, Jeremy Gahr, Sabrina VanMeter, Michael Corley, Josh Myers, Ashley Walker, Thomas Royce, Pastor Jim McCune, Tyler Gahr, and Ben Botti.

Nine members from the Campus and Community Ministry Club (CCM) at Potomac State College (PSC) of West Virginia University (WVU) spent their spring break this year on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, but this was no day at the beach where they lay slathered in oil as they soaked up the sun. These students hammered, sawed and painted their way through spring break, volunteering their time and talents in order to help repair and replace some of what Hurricane Sandy destroyed in Crisfield, Md. in late October 2012.

Crisfield is located on the southern peninsula of Maryland’s Eastern Shore and was the hardest hit town in Maryland and was one of the worse hit on the East Coast.

Thomas Royce, a sophomore general studies major, offered this observation, “Having grown up in Keyser, I thought that all small towns were safe and secluded, but traveling to Crisfield really opened my eyes. It was great and humbling being able to help people who had been affected by Hurricane Sandy.”

The students, along with other community members, spent a week working on six different homes where they performed a variety of repairs to roofs, a ceiling and two floors. They also built porches and removed and replaced a rotten deck.

Students taking part this year included: Jeremy Gahr, a criminal justice major from Keyser, W.Va.; Sabrina VanMeter, a pre-veterinary major from Keyser; Michael Corley, a business administration major from Keyser; Josh Myers, a criminal justice major from Keyser, Ashley Walker, a biology major from Rio, W.Va.; Thomas Royce, a general studies major from Keyser; Tiffany Sine, an elementary education major from Martinsburg, W.Va.; Tyler Gahr, a secondary education major from Keyser; and Casey Kidder, a criminal justice major from Keyser.

Pastor Jim McCune, who serves as coordinator of The Community Service Office at the College, organizes the annual spring break trip to areas in need of assistance due to natural disasters.

Also assisting with the efforts were: Libby Kalbaugh, CCM staff adviser at the College; Antonio Rascon, project coordinator of intramurals at the College; Gary Kalbaugh and Ron Hollingsworth, community volunteers; and Earl Bethards and Ben Botti, organizers from the Crisfield area.

Although students had to pay a small amount to go on the trip, the remainder was subsidized with donations from the West Virginia United Methodist Church, the West Virginia Western Maryland ELCA Churchs, St. James Episcopal Church (Westernport), and The Rotary Club (Keyser). WVU also donated a van and gas to help with the total cost of the trip.   Additionally, PSC’s Student Government Association donated a $1,000 grant to offset some of the group’s expenses.