CONCORD UNIVERSITY STUDENTS TAKING ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK
ATHENS, W.Va. - Fourteen Concord University students and two staff members will participate in an “alternative” spring break March 9-15, 2012, in Charleston, S.C.
Instead of spending each day relaxing or partying, these students will rise early to engage in community service. They will work with agencies addressing child abuse and neglect, family support for teen parents, hunger and poverty, and affordable housing.
“We are excited to share this service experience with these new students,” said Jesse Call, a trip coordinator from the Bonner House for Campus-Wide Community Service. “It’s always thrilling to see the insights that these students develop after learning about and serving alongside the organizations battling some of the most challenging problems our society faces.”
The trip is free and was open to all Concord students. Funding for the trip is provided by the Concord University Student Affairs Division. Additionally, Pepsi Bottling Group in Princeton made a donation.
This will be the third scheduled Concord-sponsored alternative spring break trip since 2009. In the past, students have served the community in Nashville, Tenn. and Philadelphia, Pa. In addition, for many years, campus organizations had sponsored their own alternative break trips, including several trips to the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina, trips serving those experiencing homelessness in the nation’s capital, and several faith-based service trips.
Thanks to Dr. Sally Howard, associate professor of political science, students may also receive one hour of academic credit in political science, psychology, or social work for their participating and writing about their experiences. Some of these writings will be shared “live” during the trip online at http://concordasb.wordpress.com/