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Alternative Spring Break: Project Rebuild

Alternative Spring Break: Project Rebuild

Through the Project Rebuild program, a team of selected Central Catholic students and chaperones traveled to Newburgh, NY to work with Habitat for Humanity, working on housing for those in most need.

Students also offered their time and shared their lives with guests of other charities and non-profits in the area.

Participant swinging hammer at work site

Project Rebuild has been serving as an alternative spring break opportunity for Central Catholic students for approximately 30 years.

Students worked with other volunteers, including AmeriCorps Volunteers that have been assigned to Newburgh for the season. In the past, students have also given time during the week to a local soup kitchen.  

The experience extends beyond the service opportunity.  Each day, the team prays at the worksite to start the day, and each evening, there is a fun activity and retreat time – reflections, sharing, and journal writing.

Project Reuild team posing around Habitat for Hyumanity sign at worksite

The 2019 Project Rebuild Team

The 2019 team consisted of 14 students, an advisor, and five adult leaders.


  • Brandon Mills '19
  • Janessa Nault '19
  • Biorveranis Reyes '19
  • Gabriella Reyes '19


  • Meghan Ferris '20
  • Emily DeMinico '20
  • Jason Kenneally '20
  • Jacob McDonald '20
  • Katherine DeSimone '20
  • Lorelie Murphy '20
  • Maxwell Beland '20
  • Matthew Grella '20
  • Xiaowen Zhang '20
  • Alan -Yicheng- Wang '20

Adult Leaders & Chaperones

  • Bro. Jim Halliday (Advisor)
  • Mr. Andrew Murray (Work Week Supervisor)
  • Ms. Kathy Fitzmeyer  
  • Mr. Matthew Joyal '08
  • Mr. Mark Svendsen
  • Ms. Christine (Leonard) Thompson '06

Qualified students apply in the fall through an application process. Participants are asked to obtain pledges to help buy the equipment and supplies needed for the week.

Students holding a hammer and drill at worksite

Thank you to coordinator Bro. Jim, the adult chaperones, and the students for living out the Marist ideal of service to those in need!

Students holding yardwork tools


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Founded by the Marist Brothers in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1935, Central Catholic High School enrolls 1,200 students from over 60 cities and towns and several countries. Students come from diverse backgrounds to form a caring community of faith, learning, and service. They advance to college in overwhelming numbers (nearly 100%) and move on to successful careers and positions of leadership in government, business, industry, academia, and professions.

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