Many universities offer community service programs; however, some schools boast unique initiatives that are fun as well as philanthropic. For example, students from Concordia College at Moorhead in Minnesota have participated in ABC television's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the school reports.
At the revealing of one particular home, thousands turned out to welcome the family. The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition crew said it was one of the largest turnouts they have ever had, according to the school.
"This wouldn't be possible without the entire community that floods to make this happen," said one member of the production team.
Concordia's pep band helped energize the crowd, who chanted everything from "Move that bus" to "We love you."
The house was built in 106 hours with the help of volunteers who included Concordia students and alumni. Paul Dimeo, a designer on the reality program, wore a Concordia bandana during one day of filming.
During the reveal, people in wheelchairs lined the front of the crowd perimeter. They had all been impacted by the homeowners of the made-over house, who are involved in HOPE - an organization that makes activities accessible to children with disabilities. The family exchanged hugs and thanked each one of them.
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