An Alternative Spring Break: Helping Sandy Victims Rebuild

March 20, 2013 at 9:57 am

Spring break at the Jersey Shore? That’s not where most college students go for sun and fun during their winter break from school. However, there are students who prefer an alternative spring break experience. And hundreds of them are coming to New Jersey communities hit hard by superstorm Sandy to help clean up, repair, and rebuild. “It’s so different. I feel like I am making a difference instead of laying on the beach,” said Emily Paull, a student at Ashford University in Iowa.

These alternative spring breaks are organized by a variety of groups. Among them, MTV, AmeriCorps, and the United Way of Northern New Jersey. CEO John Franklin says the United Way of Northern New Jersey is pleased to contribute funding for supplies and offer a unique opportunity for college students who want to give back. “We’re making an impact. We’ll have over 300 students coming to the region to help out over the next three weeks,” said Franklin. “We’ll make at least one family here happy.”

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