Students on Spring Break in Tucson building homes for those in need

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- While University of Arizona students are still looking forward to Spring Break, dozens of campuses across the country already have cleared out for a week off. The vast majority of those students are looking to kick back and relax.  But a group of students from the Midwest headed to Tucson to give back.

The old saying goes, "many hands make light work." And for this week, Tucson's Habitat for Humanity organization work load is a whole lot lighters thanks to dozens more helping hands.

"We are from Greek letter organizations, fraternities and sororities at Loyola," said Loyola University Senior Becky Lyle.

That would be the Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois.  The students are on spring break, but instead of spending time with drinks in their hands on a beach, they're handling paint brushes and pliers in Tucson.

"As long as you can have a meaningful experience while you're on the trip that's what it is for me.  I don't mind that I'm not waking up every morning without a hangover," said Lyle.

Loyola students plan a spring break trip like this every year.  Last year, it was a week in New Orleans, also building houses.

"The warm climate was definitely a draw but other than that I've just heard such amazing things about the trip in the past," said Lyle.

"I've been wanting to do it for years and I was never able to have the opportunity, I always had something like work or student teaching, but this year I wanted to make it happen," said Loyola Senior Mary Kate Clucas.

The group spent time with the future home owner of one the homes an experience the soon-to-be resident will never forget, "Without all these volunteers without them it would be impossible for me to even think about owning a home."