Students prepare for end of semester

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Students move out of dorms

Courtesy Photo / Students move out of dorms

Brittney Mestdagh

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With three weeks until the end of the semester, students are making plans for taking summer classes, moving out and heading home.

Finishing projects and papers, the last thing many students want to worry about is what to do with all the stuff accumulated in their dorms and apartments throughout the semester. One option is storing it for the summer.

Papa Bill Student Storage out of Grand Rapids delivers boxes and picks them up to store for up to four months. When a student moves back, Papa Bill Storage delivers the boxes to the student’s apartment.

“It is great for mom and dad, so they do not have to trip over it all summer,” said Maureen Sharp.

Their Web site,, has more detailed information about pricing and packing.

Another option for students moving out is to condense belongings they take home. Parents will appreciate this too, so they do not have to rent a U-Haul to move the student home.

Students can condense by giving to area shelters, donation projects or food banks. Rike Habbel, a Resident Assistant in Frey Living Center, said Project Donation starts up in the next couple of weeks.

According to the Grand Valley State University Housing Web site, on-campus communities participate in Project Donation by asking students to donate unneeded or unused items. These items are donated to local charities including His House, Salvation Army, Holland Rescue Mission and Mel Trotter Ministries.

Students can donate clothes, nonperishable food items and small appliances. In 2006, Project Donation collected 53,512 pounds worth of donations.

Students can also donate items to any Goodwill store, Salvation Army, Safe Haven Ministries Domestic Violence Shelter or food bank.

“Students should definitely not throw anything away that could be donated,” Habbel said.

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