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While some students went on exotic Spring break trips, a small group of 10 students and five staff members spent their break learning about our community and doing service projects. The Columbus State Alternative Spring Break, or "Staycation 2014," was a great experience for all!
The focus of "Staycation" was to learn about the needs of our urban community and experience those needs hands-on. Service projects provided participants with a unique and memorable week of service as an alternative to the traditional college spring break.
The students started their week by spending time volunteering at Franklin Park Conservatory. They participated in beautification projects, including plant health care, aesthetics, and spring cleanup like raking, cutting back grasses, and pruning. The students next traveled to the Mid-Ohio Food bank where they sorted and packed more than 8,000 pounds of meat to go out to families and individuals in need across central Ohio. The group ended the week at the Franklin County Dog Shelter, where they helped make dog treats and prepared materials for the kennels.
The participants also spent two to three hours each day at the Boys and Girls Club of Columbus assisting with tutoring, art projects and mentoring for youth ages 6 to 18. To reflect on their experiences, the students participated in a book discussion, daily reflections and group presentations.