While the beaches of Cancun and Fort Lauderdale may be the ultimate spring break hotspots, three groups of HWS students have opted for alternative settings for their week away from school. This week, the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning is overseeing alternative spring break opportunities to North Carolina, Louisiana and Kentucky.
Students are spending the week at Mariam Boyd Elementary School in Warrenton, N.C., doing one-on-one tutoring, group reading and math help and general classroom assistance. HWS students are preparing crafts and activities for children in the after-school program run by the Norlina Methodist Church. The church also serves as the host site where meals are prepared and eaten and reflection activities occur.
New Orleans, La., is another location where students are spending the week rebuilding houses in the New Orleans area for Operation Helping Hands. The group stayed overnight in Louisville, Ky., on the way down and will do so again on the way back. Accommodations will vary but include a dry place to sleep, three meals a day and showers. This is not be easy work. Emotional stresses will be high and working conditions difficult.
Helping Clean America's Rivers, Louisville, Ky., is the third location where students are rolling up their sleeves and getting dirty! Students have joined Chad Pregracke and Living Lands and Waters Alternative Spring Break volunteers from SUNY-Geneseo for a fun week of hard work clearing pollution from the riverbanks of the Ohio River. During this trip, students are traveling by boat to clean the shores of the Ohio River, participating in an educational ecology workshop and tackling exotic bush honeysuckle invading the river’s islands.