A group of Penn State DuBois students has made a contribution to help support a local community garden through a service project. Students Austin Miller, Coby Gardener, Cortney Hedlund, Kristy Hanes and Ryan Lingle gathered supplies and built a mini high tunnel that they donated to the DuBois Community Garden, located off of Liberty Boulevard. The domed, wood-framed structure, covered in clear plastic, is essentially a small green house that will protect plants from the elements and aid growth.
During their Alternative Spring Break trip, students from Penn State Berks entered Auschwitz as curious scholars and left with a greater appreciation for the horrors of war, and in particular, the Holocaust.
A group of 15 Penn State DuBois students opted to spend their Spring Break in service to others in need. This year's annual Alternative Spring Break trip took the students to parts of the Appalachia Region, including Williamson, West Virginia and Pikeville, Kentucky.
After spending Martin Luther King Jr. Day 60 miles from campus volunteering at nonprofit organizations in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, Penn State New Kensington students are extending their sphere of influence and spending spring break week 1,700 miles from campus performing community service projects in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
When Magdalen Matthews, a communication arts and sciences major at Penn State York, returned from the alternative spring break trip to the Bahamas last year, she was determined to seek more international service opportunities for students to put their spring break to good use.
This year, the Penn State Berks Alternative Spring Break program will take a group of seven Penn State Berks students and two staff advisers to Kraków and Oswiecim, Poland, where they will spend the week of March 4-11 focusing on remembrance and preservation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Holocaust site.
Spring break is a time when most college students relax, whether it’s traveling to somewhere warm for a vacation or just hanging out at home to catch up on work. Eleven students at Penn State York are participating in an alternative spring break March 5-12 in the Bahamas, where they will read to elementary school students, meet with officials from higher education, government, the private sector and community organizations to develop a greater understanding of the culture.
This year’s alternative spring break will take a group of 10 Penn State Berks students, along with two staff members, to Belfast, Ireland, where they will spend March 5 to 13 working on initiatives related to hunger and homelessness.
The Penn State Berks Christian Student Fellowship (CSF), a student group, spent their spring break in Crisfield, Maryland, helping to rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The group of 17 students departed on Saturday, March 7 and returned on Saturday, March 14.
Penn State Lehigh Valley has added a short-term study abroad opportunity in Ireland to its list of spring break 2014 international opportunities for students. The trip, which runs March 6 to 13, will occur in conjunction with an advanced social psychology course (PSYCH 420).