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PETAL, Miss. - Students from three different universities from around the country are spending their spring break helping build a Petal home for a family with Habitat for Humanity.  

Nail by nail, little by little, progress is being made on the Habitat for Humanity home on W. 4th Street in Petal.

"This is our fourth house we've put up near this location," said Laine Burnett, Habitat for Humanity Family Support Director. "Putting up these beams is not an easy task."

This week she has help.

"We have about 20 volunteers on site," she said.

"The volunteers are students from Virginia Tech, Austin Peay State University, and Thomas More College for their alternative spring break.

"It my first habitat trip, " said Rebecca Deutsch, Virginia Tech student. "I decided for my senior year and I wanted to do something rewarding with my friends in a community less fortunate than ours

"You meet all types of people and its eye-opening," Katelan Shartzer said, a student at Austin Peay.

"I thought my time would be better spent here than anywhere else," said Matthew Wagner, a Thomas More College student.

Burnett said she's thankful that the students wanted to spend their time here helping others.

"They changing lives at the with habitat because they may never be able to see these people again," she said.

The home should be ready in May.

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