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Olivet College students to participate in Alternative Spring Break programs
Mar 03, 2011

For the 12th consecutive year, nine Olivet College students will spend their spring break serving others at Heifer Project 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, with the only stipulation being that they pass along the first born female animal to another needy member of their community.

Students will depart campus Saturday, March 5 and return Friday, March 11. They will spend half their days in service to the ranch, performing farm chores and light construction. The other half of each day will be spent in team building exercises and education about hunger, as well as learning about Heifer’s unique solution to 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 Blake Walters, community service coordinator. Corey Jager, an admissions representative for the college, will also attend.

Students attending the trip include: Lacee Boone, a junior from Otsego; Lindsay Conrad, a senior from Freeland; April Juntunen, a junior from Chassell; LeTesa Newsome, a sophomore from Battle Creek; Macy Rose, a sophomore from Kalamazoo; Mallory Schug, a junior from Climax; Rachel Scribner, a sophomore from Millington; Ron Spruytte Jr., a freshman from Bellevue; and Ashley Tharp, a junior from Charlotte.

A second Alternative Spring Break trip is planned for Bread of Life Mission in Plant City, Fla., which serves migrant workers and their families from Mexico and Guatemala who work in the strawberry fields of central Florida. Students will participate in farm chores, painting and light construction work for the mission while also serving the needs of the migrant workers. In addition, they will deliver children’s clothing and shoes donated by Olivet College students and employees. Fales will lead the group, which departs campus March 5 and returns March 13.

Students participating include: Sarah Augustine, a senior from Bellevue; Eliseo Martin, a freshman from Lansing; Judith Tellez-Gonzalez, a senior from Atlacomulco, Mexico; and Autumn Williams, a sophomore from Tekonsha.

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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