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Feb. 22 , 2006
CONTACT: Pam Young
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EMU students give up spring break to help others

YPSILANTI - While many students will be enjoying a weeklong spring break this month, some Eastern Michigan University students will use that time to make a difference in various communities around the country.

            Ninety-nine EMU students will leave campus Feb. 24 and travel to eight locations throughout the country as part of Alternative Spring Break (ASB). The ASB program is part of EMU’s VISION (Volunteers Incorporating Service Into Our Neighborhoods) program. EMU students have been participating in ASB since 1991.

            “This is a life-changing and fulfilling experience,” said student coordinator Dayna Hasty, 24, of Dearborn Heights, Mich. “It feels so good knowing that we recruited nearly 100 students to help their country when they could be somewhere else relaxing on a beach.” Hasty, a senior, will travel to Haven of Grace, a shelter for homeless and pregnant women, in St. Louis, Mo.

            EMU students also will be tutoring at three urban elementary schools in Trenton, N.J.; helping to meet the needs of teens with AIDS at MetroTeenAIDS, Inc. in Washington D.C.; working with children at the School for the Deaf and Blind at Spartanburg, S.C.; tutoring and working with the Head Start program at the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Okla.; restoring trails at St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge in northwest Fla.; helping to build low income houses with the Southern Appalachian Labor Schools in Kincaid, W. Va.; and doing construction work, serving meals and providing childcare for residents of Chalmette, La.

In addition to the 99 ASB students, 13 students from EMU-Hillel, the center for Jewish college life, will travel to Palm Beach County, Fla. to work with Habitat for Humanity and volunteer at an area retirement home.           

            “This is our second year of volunteering. It’s a great opportunity for our students because it ties into Hillel’s community service programming,” said Aaron Kaufman, campus director.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Alternative Spring Break students will be leaving from the lower level of McKenny Union, Friday, Friday, Feb. 24, 3 p.m. Hillel students will leave EMU Saturday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m. Students are available for interviews throughout the week.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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