Students free to participate in Hurricane cleanup; SBTC disaster relief training on campus Sept. 10

Students who wish to participate in the Hurricane Katrina relief effort may be excused from classes to assist in cleanup and reconstruction, Executive Vice President and Provost Craig Blaising said Sept. 6.

“Students will have the opportunity to participate during the week,” Blaising said. “However, we ask that they limit their absences to one week. They have permission to be gone, but also the responsibility to make up the work that they miss.”

Students still should consult with their professors before making plans to miss class sessions.

In order to be deployed as a disaster relief volunteer with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention in a restricted area, students must receive disaster relief training. Southwestern Seminary will host a disaster relief training session on its campus on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m.-12 noon in the RAC.

The SBTC also has training sessions planned for the next two Thursdays at its Grapevine offices.

The SBTC will be deploying teams of 60 on a weekly basis for the next six months. Teams depart on Sunday afternoons weekly and return on the Monday of the next week. The eight-day deployment is ideal for students, according to Cindy Davenport, an SBTC disaster relief training coordinator.

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