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Alternative Spring Break!

April 4, 2013   

Greetings! For the second half of spring break, my co-leader, Tara Hansen, and I led a Habitat for Humanity trip to South Carolina. We are part of a program known as Alternative Spring Break, and at Hamilton, we send groups of students to Kentucky, West Virginia, Mississippi and several other states for various outreach programs. Some groups built homes with Habitat for Humanity, others traveled to New Jersey to join Hurricane Sandy relief groups, and still others participated in hunger relief programs.

My group left Sunday morning at 6 a.m. and arrived at 7 p.m. We drove all 12 hours with few breaks traveling to Marion County South Carolina. In a week, our group took apart and shingled an entire roof and then paved a driveway.

On our day off, we traveled to Myrtle Beach where we had a picnic, took long walks on the beach and hung out in the sand. It was extremely relaxing.

Never in my life have I eaten so much comfort food! It was a bit difficult to be vegetarian in the South, but I had my fair portion of mash potatoes, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, biscuits and way too much dessert - haha.