PSU Alternative Spring Break: A Different “Vacation” Experience

March 17th, 2005 by Adam

Sixteen Plymouth State University students are “taking the vacation of a lifetime” by participating in the University’s eighth annual Alternative Spring Break, March 18-26. With a focus on service learning, their goal is to touch as many lives as possible while learning about themselves and a new environment.

Students are divided into two groups, each traveling to a different location. One group, lead by student coordinator Kelly Thompson, has eight students traveling to Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute in Warm Springs, Ga., a rehabilitation center that works with individuals with all ranges of disabilities. The students will also help with hurricane clean up on the grounds.

The other group of eight students is traveling to Charlotte, N.C. Lead by student coordinator Adam Stone, they will be working with the Salvation Army, helping address hunger and homelessness issues. Each group is also accompanied by a faculty-staff advisor.

Funding for Alternative Spring Break comes from fund-raising activities that double as team building opportunities for the students. The students also put together a formal request for funds from the PSU Student Senate, and received a Campus Diversity Grant to help pay for the trips.

Previous Alternative Spring Break trips have traveled to Florida, Louisiana, Texas and Tennessee. Students hope that by sharing their experiences during this year’s Alternative Spring Break they will continue to strengthen the program and encourage future applicants.

For more information on Alternative Spring Break contact Nancy Conklin, coordinator of the PSU Community Service Learning Center, at 536-3026.