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Students to Help with Hurricane Recovery Efforts in Mississippi
While many college students will spend their spring break relaxing on a beach, a group of University of Hartford students will head to the coast for a different reason.
The students will spend spring break helping the people of Biloxi, Mississippi recover from Hurricane Isaac, which hit in August 2012.
The 35 students and two advisors will leave the University by bus at 7 p.m. tonight (Friday, March 22), and will return on Saturday, March 30. This Alternative Spring Break trip is sponsored by the University's Center for Community Service.
During their time in Biloxi, the students’ volunteer work will focus primarily on cleanup from Hurricane Isaac and long-term Gulf Coast ecosystem restoration. They will complete a variety of projects, such as shoreline restoration, native plant propagation, sea grass restoration, wildlife habitat improvement, and invasive species removal.
This type of volunteer trip, referred to as Alternative Spring Break because the students choose to do community service rather than go on vacation, has become a tradition at the University of Hartford. Previous destinations have included Birmingham, Ala. and Wilmington, N.C.