Students Choose Alternative Spring Break Trips

Posted: February 26, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Kate Passin

The first week in March may not provide students with as much warm weather as past spring breaks, but many students are not concerned. Relaxing in warm weather is not the first priority of the participants in the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program. Through the program, small groups of George Mason students travel to locations in the United States to participate in numerous service-oriented projects.

The ASB program is sponsored by the Center for Service and Leadership (CSL), but students run the trips. Students who volunteer to be leaders must choose the issue they want to work with and the site of the trip, make connections with organizations, recruit other students to participate, and raise the money for the trip. This year’s ASB destinations are New York City; Greenville, N.C.; and the Florida Keys.

The 11 students traveling to New York City, led by Abby Neyenhouse and Joffrey Kahn, will work with three HIV/AIDS organizations. The Greenville team will work with Habitat for Humanity to help rehabilitate and build homes in a small community that is recovering from the effects of Hurricane Floyd. Junior Rebecca Kelly leads 10 students on that trip. Senior Elizabeth Dalton is the leader of George Mason’s first environmental ASB trip. Dalton’s group of 10 students will go to the Florida Keys to restore the habitat and complete other projects related to environmental issues.

For more information about Alternative Spring Break, contact CSL at x32900 or visit the ASB web site.

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