Alternative Spring Break Comes To Columbiana CountyPosted Apr. 16, 2013
Students from across the Kent State University eight-campus system visited Columbiana County as part of the University’s Alternative Spring Break program. The week-long event paired teams of college students with area non-profit organizations and each day, students volunteered at various worksites in the community doing a range of activities.
Program Coordinator Rachael Esterly arranged for work teams to assist at the Community Resource Center, Catholic Charities, Camp Frederick and Scenic Vista Park. Volunteer projects included cleaning, remodeling, painting and organizing. At one location, students built a children’s playhouse and baked Easter bread for community members. Student participants in the Alternative Spring Break program also worked with the City of East Liverpool to make the city feel safer and friendlier.
Kent State Junior Hannah Yackley volunteered in Columbiana County for the last three years, returning each year because she believes her efforts truly make a difference. “Each day of the trip we focus on improving the everyday lives of the individuals who call this community home,” Yackley said. “Getting to meet such wonderful people is one of the many reasons I have returned to Columbiana County each year. I have made great friends who I still keep in contact with.”
Students like Yackley are what make the Alternative Spring Break program such a huge success. Their selflessness, hard work and positive attitudes leave a lasting impression on the county. During the week, nearly 40 students slept at the East Liverpool Campus and each evening, they participated in discussions and reflections on various topics.
Bethany Zirillo, email@example.com, 330-382-7430