College students build houses in New Bern during spring break

NEW BERN, NC (WITN) Many college students spend their spring break from school at the beach or having fun on vacation somewhere, but two groups of students have traveled to one eastern Carolina city to spend their week off of school giving back.

For the past 25-years, Habitat for Humanity has been encouraging students at universities across the nation to spend their spring break in a unique way with the Collegiate Challenge..

The 27 college students are doing some really great work that will help three families in New Bern have a home of their own.

The students are from the University of Florida and Georgian Court University in New Jersey.

With hard work and some guidance, these students are spending the entire week building walls, painting, and doing all of the work that comes along with building a house.

Habitat for Humanity officials in New Bern say they rely on help from volunteers to build these homes for deserving families and the work these students do is critical to completing them.

Over the past 25-years, nationally, Habitat for Humanity says more than 250,000 students have participated in the Collegiate Challenge.