Twenty-seven Plymouth State University students will follow the school’s motto of “Ut Prosim”, that I may serve, by participating in the seventh annual Alternative Spring Break. PSU’s Alternative Spring Break, March 19-27, offers students the opportunity to travel and participate in community service projects in different areas of the country.
Students are split into three groups and will travel to three separate locations. One group, lead by student coordinator David Kelly, will travel to Sanibel Island, Fla. At the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on the island they will partake in environmental work, restoration, and the removal of exotic vegetation. A second group, lead by student coordinator Brandi Bobusia, will travel to Nashville, Tenn. They will stay in a homeless shelter and help with hunger and homelessness issues. The final group, lead by student coordinator Chris Lee, will travel to New Orleans, La. They will be working with the Army Corps of Engineers in aiding the Second Harvesters Food Bank of Greater New Orleans, city park cleanup, and Dress for Success, a not-for-profit organization which helps low-income women by providing them with interview suits, interviewing tips, and career development. Each group is also accompanied by a faculty-staff advisor.
Alternative Spring Break is financed by money raised by the students through fundraisers. They have collected $7,000 since they began planning for the trip last fall by selling calzones, care packages, and hosting a silent auction. Each student also made a personal contribution of $100. In addition to funding the trip, a donation will be made to each organization.
Past Alternative Spring Break students have traveled to Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, and Louisiana. Student planners for next year’s Alternative Spring Break are entertaining the idea of an international trip. For more information on Alternative Spring Break, contact Nancy Conklin, coordinator of the PSU Community Service Learning Center, at 536-3026.