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03-31-2014

Volunteers Get Hands Dirty During Spring Break

Getting their hands dirty for a good cause is how some Marlins chose to spend their spring break this month, as they volunteered to help restore riparian buffers on the Eastern Shore as part of “Imagine: Alternative Spring Break.” VWC students, faculty, and staff joined the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Painter, Virginia March 21 to assist in planting around 450 shrubs that will act as a new “buffer strip.” Planting native trees and shrubs along the banks of waterways is one of the most effective ways to keep polluted runoff out of streams. The alternative spring break program was established by the College’s Office of Community Service in 1999 and provides opportunities for short-term experiential projects that touch on issues such as literacy, poverty, racism, hunger, homelessness, and the environment. In a separate spring break initiative, 10 VWC students, one alumna, and one staff member traveled to Central America along with the College’s chaplain, Greg West, as part of the annual “Spring Break With a Purpose.” The group spent the week of March 15-22 in Managua, Nicaragua working with local church leaders and learning about the country’s culture. Participants will showcase their experiences as part of a presentation on April 2 during SOAR worship in Monumental Chapel.

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