Drury students spend their spring break giving back

For Immediate Release: March 18

Media Contact:
Allison Griffith
Student Union Board Coordinator
Office: (417) 873-6975
Mobile: (417) 230-4973
E-mail: agriffith@drury.edu

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 18, 2010 — Most students spend spring break sleeping-in or traveling, but a few opt for something a little different. This year, 13 Drury students will be donating their time and effort on an alternative spring break trip to Los Angeles, Cal.

The group will depart Sunday, March 21 and return Thursday, March 25. While there, they’ll work with the Dream Center, an organization dedicated to helping the homeless and disenfranchised people of Los Angeles. Drury students will help tutor, prepare meals, distribute food and clean surrounding neighborhoods. The students will stay in volunteer accommodations at the Dream Center during their time in Los Angeles. Each student paid $100 for the trip; Drury’s Student Union Board covered the rest of the cost.

But it’s not all work and no play. Students will also get the chance to spend a day in Disneyland before their service work begins. They earned their tickets through Disney’s “Give A Day, Get A Day” promotion; a project in which participants receive a park voucher for volunteering at designated locations. On March 6, students spent time volunteering at the local Habitat for Humanity Re-Store in Springfield. The Re-Store is a Habitat affiliated outlet that accepts donated furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances for re-sale. The proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to serve the community, bond as a group and still get to experience the wonderful world of Disney,” says Allison Griffith, Student Union Board Coordinator at Drury University.

Students participating in the trip include: Bonnie Lyons, Kaleb Doss, Cassie Walton, Brennan Scott, Ben Wright, Lauren Saunders, Lauren Schuyler, Jessica Johnson, Heather Carrell, Garrett Hillman, Brittany Gasser, Kelsey DeVries and Taylor Harms. Group sponsors Aaron Witzke and Griffith will also make the trip to Los Angeles.

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