A group of 18 sophomores from Cal State Bakersfield – mostly women – gave up their spring break to help Sherman Tatum renovate the Oildale house his family will call home. So instead of heading to the beach and sinking their feet deep into warm sand, they took scythes to tall grass and cleared the backyard. Rather than putting on sunglasses, they strapped on safety goggles and respirators. Tatum, who will be a first-time homeowner at 62, was selected to live in the home by Habitat for Humanity.

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