While some students headed to the beach or the slopes for a week in March, others went to Kentucky or North Carolina or D.C. for Ithaca College’s Alternative Spring Break, a challenging and fun opportunity to lead and learn through service experiences.
“It’s about taking college kids out of their lofty comfort zones and giving them the gift of social consciousness,” says Norah Sweeney ’12, who volunteered in Kansas City, Missouri, at Operation Breakthrough, a daycare and after-school program that helps families below the federal poverty line. “It’s easy to forget there’s a real world that needs our help.”
Connie Honeycutt ’12 went to West Virginia to volunteer at a children’s camp. “I realized there was something better I could be doing with my break time,” she explains. “I knew it would be a great experience to go somewhere new and do something amazingly rewarding for everyone involved.”
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