Alternative Spring Breaks 2012

Celebrating its 25th year at SMU, Alternative Breaks is taking more than 90 students to nine sites during spring break 2012 to perform community service: Atlanta; Boston; Crawfordville, Florida; Denver; Los Angeles; New York; Taos, New Mexico; Window Rock, Arizona; and Quito, Ecuador.

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Breaking for history

An update from Vanessa, a junior majoring in biology and anthropology. She is participating in Alternative Spring Breaks in Atlanta, where students are working with organizations that serve veterans and the homeless:

Today, we were able to go to the MLK Historic Site during our lunch break. It was incredible seeing all of the history behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, especially the original photographs of him with his family.

Although this was not planned for our trip, we decided to go through history. When would we have such an opportunity again? We watched a video clip of highlighted events from the 1930s to the present day that included excerpts of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.  There was a video exhibit of his life events, and a collage of newspaper clippings from his funeral and presentations at his local church and at prestigious universities.

Afterward, we headed back to the organization where we are volunteering to make phone calls to the top 100 Atlanta-based companies to sponsor veterans. Some of us called local hotels asking for donations of toiletries. It was a unique experience asking for help, but worthwhile getting donations from people who care about veterans as much as we do.

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