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Students Will Spend Spring Break Volunteering in Selma, Savannah

Quick Facts

 Spring Break is March 16-20.
 The two destinations for this year's program are Selma, Alabama, and Savannah, Georgia.


ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA -- This year marks the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march on Selma. It is fitting, then, that Selma is one of the 2015 destinations for Winthrop University's Alternative Spring Break program.

Sponsored by the Center for Career and Civic Engagement, the Alternative Spring Break program allows students to volunteer in locations outside of their regular community and help them understand their responsibility to advance society and embrace cultures.

From March 14-20, students will volunteer in two locations:

*Selma, Alabama

Students will learn about the impact civil rights activism can have on a community. They will team up with students across the country and the Freedom Foundation to educate local youth about the civil rights movement, volunteer in classes and educational after-school programs and participate in activities including a panel of speakers who were present for the march on Selma. Additionally, they will visit historic locations such as the Civil Rights Institute and the 16th Street Baptist Church, where the 1963 bombing took place.

"The students who are participating in this Alternative Spring Break trip have decided to serve and promote the Civil Rights movement during their Spring Break," said Laura Foster, program director for the center. "This experience will help students expand their knowledge of cultures and foster a life-enriching experience of volunteerism and community involvement."

*Savannah, Georgia

This trip will focus on hunger and homelessness awareness. Students will volunteer with The Salvation Army, Second Harvest and Union Mission, all non-profit organizations dedicated to these causes. Tasks will include working in the family store, pantry and kitchen; sorting cans and packing at warehouses; and working in homeless shelters. They will also educate local youth on topics such as self-esteem, handling peer pressure, health and fitness and being a positive role model. Historic visits include First African Baptist Church, Forsyth Park and Savannah Historic Square.

For more information on Alternative Spring Break, call Foster at 803/323-2520.

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