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During her fall break, Rebekah Docter, a freshman from
Centennial, Colo., along with 17 other students from Central
College in Pella, Iowa, traveled to Esperance and Schoharie in New
York to help clean up some of the destruction caused by Hurricane
Irene in August.
The group left after classes Wednesday, Oct. 12 and drove through
the night to reach New York. On Friday, they helped clean up the
remains of destroyed homes on Priddle Camp Road in Esperance,
trying to make sense of the piles of houses the flooding from Irene
"There was nothing left to salvage," said Kristin Tremper,
coordinator of Reformed Church in America relations at Central, who
organized the trip. The students moved garbage out into the street
so that trucks could pick it up.
On Saturday, Oct. 15, students worked in Schoharie to muck mud out
of basements and rip out ruined drywall.
The trip wasn't all hard work for the students. On Thursday, they
did a ropes course, ziplining and a cave tour at Howe Caverns. They
also hiked and visited The Old Stone Fort, a revolutionary war
museum in Schoharie.
"Our students are awesome," said Tremper. "This was the best group
I've ever been able to work with. It was a joy to get to know
Central College is a four-year, private, residential, liberal arts
college in Pella, Iowa, affiliated with the Reformed Church in
America. Central offers a bachelor's degree in 39 majors and
pre-professional advising. For more information about Central, call
877-462-3687 or go to www.central.edu
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