[VIDEO] Centered on Service: Alternative Spring Break 2016

Posted by Centre News in News 07 Apr 2016

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While many students see spring break as a chance to take a pause from responsibilities, 28 Centre College students used their week off from school to make a difference with Alternative Spring Break (ASB).

ASB was created by Centre’s Office of Community Service in collaboration with Centre Action Reaches Everyone (CARE) as another means for students and staff to support local and regional communities in need. This year, Centre students participating in ASB traveled to either Chicago or Caretta, W.Va., where they split into smaller groups and worked on a range of projects, from replacing a kitchen floor to installing drywall.

“I was so proud of our Centre students,” says Assistant Director of Residence Life Anne Evans ’12, who participated in ASB in Caretta this year. “They really took the initiative to get as much work done as they could. It was a great thing to see, in person, the heart that our students have for service.”

Although the tangible results of the work students and staff did during ASB was significant, the sense of community they created in Caretta and Chicago was just as important.

“I know that with my group, parting with the family whose house we’d been working on was pretty tough,” Evans says. “We really got to know the family on a personal level and that just added a whole new layer of meaning to our project.”

The spring semester has resumed here at Centre, but the impact of ASB will last long past spring break.

“The work of our students on these ASB trips always reminds me that transforming our world by spreading love and appreciation for all of humanity is indeed possible,” says Matthew Klooster, director of community service and the Bonner program. “As service-minded leaders who work together synergistically to inspire others, we can facilitate broad-sweeping, positive social change that profoundly transforms our world into a better place.”

Read more about community service opportunities at Centre.

by Elizabeth Trollinger
April 8, 2016