Instead of partying, lying on the beach or catching up on their sleep, 30 Missouri University of Science and Technology students will spend their spring break this year doing service work in Mississippi and New Jersey.
The students are involved in Missouri S&T’s Miner Challenge, a week-long alternative spring break program that gives them a chance to help individuals and communities affected by issues like poverty, homelessness and natural disasters, while developing their own leadership skills. This is the sixth year of the program.
“We already had two groups registered to go to Biloxi, when Hurricane Sandy struck,” says Benjamin White, student program administrator for volunteerism and involvement at Missouri S&T. “People kept asking me what they could do, so we arranged for a third group to go to New Jersey to help with hurricane damage recovery.”
Half of the students heading to Biloxi, Miss., will work in early childhood education at Head Start. The other half will work on environmental restoration of the Gulf Coast.
The teams leave on Saturday, March 23, and return on Saturday, March 30.
Those interested in helping sponsor the students are encouraged to visit the Miner Challenge website at minerchallenge.wordpress.com. The students are also holding several fundraisers to help finance their trips. Additional information is available online.
Missouri S&T students participating in Miner Challenge are:
Billoxi Team (early childhood education)
Billoxi Team (environmental restoration)
New Jersey Team (hurricane relief)
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