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Feb. 19, 2004
CONTACT: Pam Young

EMU students volunteer spring break to help others

YPSILANTI - Spring Break usually conjures up images of lying on the beach and partying. But for some Eastern Michigan University students, the time off from classes mean helping others and making a difference in various communities.

Aleana Frey, a senior from Sterling Heights, Mich., and 59 other EMU students will leave campus Feb. 20 and travel to various 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 1992.

"This is my fourth year. Every trip changes my life," said Frey, who will participate in an environmental project in Hammond, LA.

EMU students also will be restoring trails at Blowing Rocks Park in Hobe Sound, Florida; helping elementary children at the School for the Deaf and Blind at Spartanburg, South Carolina; working at a day-care and providing counseling at a substance abuse center for women in Philadelphia; working at a boys' and girls' club in St. Louis; teaching elementary school in New Orleans; helping out at the United Cerebral Palsy organization in Nashville; and working with HIV/AIDS patients at The Living Center in Boston.

"This program encourages students to become more active in the issues and the students then feel the need to participate in their own communities back home," said Frey.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Students will be leaving from the lower level of McKenny Union Friday, Feb. 20, 2 p.m.

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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