Feb. 24, 2003
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
EDITOR’S NOTE: Students will be leaving from the lower level of
McKenny Union Friday, Feb. 28, 1 p.m.60
EMU STUDENTS VOLUNTEER SPRING BREAK TO HELP OTHERS
YPSILANTI – Springs Break means fun in the sun for most college
students. But for some Eastern Michigan University
students, it means long work days and helping those less fortunate.
Angelina Hamilton, a senior from Cleveland, Ohio,
and 59 other EMU students will leave campus Feb.
28 and be sent to various locations throughout the country as part of Alternative
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 third year. I keep doing it because
it’s fun to interact with different people,” said Hamilton,
who will go to Vicksburg, Mississippi, to help
build a house through Habitat for Humanity.
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 Spartansburg, 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;
with HIV/AIDS patients at The Living Center in
Hamilton, who is one of the coordinators of this
year’s ASB, said finding sites isn’t difficult. However,
officials at some sites don’t understand that the students aren’t
coming to have fun after the work is complete,
This program lets people know that there are college
students trying to make a difference,” said Hamilton.
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