Rowan, Habitat partner to rebuild Camden homes

By BARBARA GREEN
Staff Writer

CAMDEN -- Her belongings still packed in boxes and nerves a bit jangled by the impending school year, Rowan University freshman Monica DiMauro boarded a bus 8:30 a.m. Friday and traveled to Camden to build a house.

''I was involved in community service all throughout high school,'' the Vineland native said. ''I wanted to continue that here.''

Partnering with Habitat for Humanity, Rowan, for the first time this year, organized a service-oriented activity for new students amid its usual opening week fanfare of parties, sporting events and day trips.

Nearly 30 students participated, along with six ''supervisors'' from Rowan's maintenance and engineering departments. After arriving in the city around 9 a.m., the students were split into groups to work on Habitat's four in-progress houses -- two on Clinton Street, two on Princess Avenue.

At their respective sites, they built wall frames, climbed scaffolding to strip paint, repaired rafters and cut metal strips for rain-sturdy ceilings.

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Date Published: Saturday, September 1, 2001 - 22:25