By Danny Priest
Over Spring Break some Springfield College students had the opportunity to go on alternative Spring Break trips. Four of the trips were focused on community service, while a fifth trip to St. Augustine, Florida gave some students the opportunity to learn about civil rights. Check out the highlights of each trip below:
Colombia, South America – Students utilized Springfield College’s relationship with the YMCA and provided service to youths in a developing country through work with both the YMCA school and camp.
Springfield, Massachusetts – Some students stayed local over Spring Break for the fourth straight year. Over the break, the group paired with different agencies in Springfield each day to try and understand the issues faced by the homeless and refugee members of the community. This gave the students an opportunity to learn and help various members of our own community.
Georgetown, Delaware – Through Habitat for Humanity, students traveled south and spent five days working on a Collegiate Challenge build project. They renovated and constructed houses to be made available for low income families.
Panama City, Florida – Students traveled down to Florida with a mission centered on sustaining the environment and giving service. Students were able to provide relief work for individual families who had been affected by Hurricane Michael.
St. Augustine, Florida – Led by Professor Marty Dobrow and Vice President of Inclusion and Community Engagement Calvin Hill, six students visited the community where Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested before delivering his 1964 commencement address at Springfield College. The group surveyed historical sites in the area and the history of civil rights in St. Augustine.
All information is courtesy of Springfield College’s website under the page titled “Springfield College Alternative Spring Break Trips 2019.”