A non-traditional spring break

By The Mercury

For several Kansas State University students, spring break is for taking the time to do good for others.

More than 30 students are participating in the university’s alternative spring break program March 18-22.

Coordinated by students in the School of Leadership Studies, participants volunteer for service learning projects across the U.S.

“The program places students into the lives of individuals in various diverse communities throughout the United States and helps them gain more of an understanding of what life in that environment would be like,” said Kayla Day, alternative break student coordinator and senior in marketing from Overland Park.

Alternative spring break locations include: Roseland/Pullman Boys and Girls Club in Chicago; Teach for America in Denver, a teacher placement program in low-income communities where university students will help tutor; No More Victims in Houston, an advocacy agency for children of incarcerated parents; and St. Jude Children’s Hospital and St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen in Memphis, Tenn.

“It is our hope that K-State students actively engage in these service learning projects to gain insight into social issues,” Day said. “This affects the community by providing service with a greater understanding of the social issue.”

Kansas State University students from the Manhattan area participating in the alternative spring break program and project location include

Zachary Jones, sophomore in biological systems engineering from Junction City, Memphis, and Taylor Winter, junior in public health nutrition from Wamego, Houston.

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