By Wayne Allen
Every year college students are faced with choices about what to do with their spring break and other breaks throughout the year. This winter and spring 30 Shawnee State Students will be using their breaks from classes to go on service projects.
SSU students will be traveling to Joplin, MO, New Orleans, LA and Orlando, FL. Scioto County Habitat For Humanity will be also be hosting a group of Boston College Students this spring for their alternative spring break in early March.
Last year we took two trips one in December to Savannah, GA in which 9 students went. On our spring break trip we had 40 students and that was to Boone, NC, said Nikki Karabinis, Coordinator for the SSU Center For Community Service. This year we thought 40 was to many and nine was a nice number but we would like to have to full vehicles. We advertised three trips and they have all filled up.
Each trip will have 20 students.
This December we are taking 20 students to Joplin, Missouri to do disaster relief work after the big tornado that came through that area. This January we are going to New Orleans, LA to do disaster relief work once again, Karabinis said. In March we are taking 20 students to Orlando, Florida to work with a large food bank called Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
Karabinis said the popularity of the trips goes to show, our students really do like to do community service.
She said the trips also allow students the opportunity to see different parts of the country that they otherwise may not get to see.
This year marks the fourth year Scioto County Habitat For Humanity will host a group of college students from Boston College.
For the past 21 years, youth have traded time at the beach during spring break vacation for volunteering on Habitat for Humanity construction sites. More than 12,000 youth world wide will continue this tradition as participants of Collegiate Challenge, Habitat for Humanitys year-round alternative school break program.
ASB will take place in more than 200 locations across the country and the world. The efforts are done to aid in building safe, decent and affordable house in partnership with low-income families.
The group coming to Portsmouth for the week is called Appalachia Volunteers.
For more information about the Scioto County Habitat For Humanity or on ways to help visit www.sciotohabitat.org or call 353-4993