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Olivet College students to participate in Alternative Spring Break programs
Mar 08, 2013

For the 15th consecutive year, Olivet College students will spend their spring break serving others at Heifer International Ranch in Perryville, Ark. Heifer International is a world hunger relief agency that believes in long-term, sustainable solutions to poverty and hunger. The organization teaches families how to raise farm animals and ultimately gives them a pair to keep, with the only stipulation being that they pass along the firstborn female animal to another needy member of their community.

Students will depart campus Saturday, March 9 and return Saturday, March 16. They will spend half of the day in service to the ranch, doing farm chores and light construction. The other half of each day will be spent in team building exercises and education about world hunger and Heifers unique solution to ending the problem. Students will also spend one day and night at the ranch’s Global Village, where they will share a small meal and sleep on the floor of a home that simulates living conditions in the developing world. The trip is organized by Mike Fales, director of service learning and campus ministries at Olivet. It will be led this year by Ian Peters, community service coordinator.

Students participating in this service trip include: Chantell Ash, a sophomore from Marshall; Kaitlyn Blanchard, a senior from Olivet; Jaime Cain, a freshman from Grant; Sierra Clark, a senior from Traverse City; Beth Conrad, a junior from Ionia; Michelle Cooper, a senior from Battle Creek; Sarah Crittenden, a freshman from Metamora; Lauren Crownover, a sophomore from Saline; Samantha Daily, a junior from Marshall; Casey Eldridge, a freshman from Nashville; Patricia Groh, a senior from Lansing; Carrie Jacob, a junior from Albion; Joshua Mauk, a junior from Battle Creek; and Mindi Winnie, a senior from Marshall.

A second Alternative Spring Break trip is planned for Bread of Life Mission in Plant City, Fla., which serves low-income families in the area. Students will paint and move furniture for an after-school program, as well as work directly with the children the program serves. In addition, the students will spend an afternoon assisting farm workers in the field by picking strawberries. They will also be donating new shoes to the workers’ children.

Students participating in this service trip include: Georges Aoun, a sophomore from Venezuela; Branden Dyer, a senior from Charlotte; Shannon Haines, a freshman from Pinckney; Jordan Harris, a senior from Fenton; Megan Smith, a sophomore from Mulliken; Sarah K. Smith, a senior from Olivet; and Aarin Townsend, a sophomore from Flint.

For more information about these Alternative Spring Break trips or any of the college’s service projects, contact Fales at (269) 749-7624 or (517) 231-6818.

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