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LU offers inaugural alternative spring break trip

alt spring breakApplications for Cardinals Breakaway, an inaugural alternative spring break trip to New Orleans set for March 10-14 are due on Feb. 26 by 5 p.m.

“It is our goal at the Setzer Student Center to provide opportunities for our students that are educational, entertaining and engaging,” said Michael Wilkinson, associate director of Student Activities and Civic Engagement. “We feel that the Cardinals Breakaway alternative spring break trip fits into that mold.”

During the trip, students will perform week-long projects with local non-profit organizations, as well as experience the diverse environment of New Orleans.

“There will be a variety of community outreach projects that students will participate in during this trip,” said Wilkinson. “Those include, but are not limited to, house rebuilds, constructing community gardens, assisting food banks, park restorations and a variety of other environmental projects. We also hope the students are able to experience the culture and history of the city.”

All expenses will be paid for the nine students selected to participate in this trip, including transportation to and from New Orleans, hotel stay for four nights and meals. Students will need to be prepared to cover any incidental expenses they may encounter.

Since this is the inaugural alternative spring break trip, Wilkinson felt it would be advantageous to stay somewhat close to home.

“New Orleans has been devastated over the past decade by multiple natural disasters, and they are still rebuilding their great city,” said Wilkinson. “We want to help them in that rebuilding process, and at the same time, represent Lamar University in a positive light regionally.”

Wilkinson believes the trip will be a huge success and expects it to continue to grow each and every year.

“It is the belief in the Office of Civic Engagement that anytime we can positively impact the lives of others through service, we are demonstrating to students the importance of service before self,” said Wilkinson. “Cardinals Breakaway alternative spring break is the epitome of service before self. This is a valuable asset students will be able to carry with them for the rest of their lives.”

For more information, visit www.lamar.edu/cardinalsbreakaway .