January 7, 2006
Tonight a group of UVA students are ready to pitch in with cleanup on the gulf coast. The group of 24 undergraduate students had their bags packed as they waited for a 9:00 p.m. train at the Amtrak station in Charlottesville.
For the next seven days they'll be doing some demolition and construction work at a high school affected by the hurricanes. They'll also be helping high school seniors with their college applications.
"As a college student my wallet's kind of small and I'm not able to give as much as I'd like to financially, so to have the opportunity to go down there and do something physically that I know I can contribute," said Jay Ward.
"None of us are probably ever going to have an opportunity to see this kind of disaster, this kind of devastation first-hand," said third-year student Ross Baird. "People are going to come back, all of us are going to come back changed."
They said tonight they'll be on that train for more than 24 hours. As one student said, that will give them plenty of time to rest up.
The work is part of a two-week intensified course offered to students at UVA.