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KSU Kicks off Alternative Spring Break Program

Posted Mar. 24, 2011

Kent State University at East Liverpool kicked off the start of its second annual Columbiana County Alternative Spring Break program Sunday with a dinner at the campus Blair Memorial Library followed by a tour at the Museum of Ceramics. Community members, Kent State faculty officially welcomed more than student volunteers.

The week-long activity involves Kent State University students volunteering their time to participate in community-service projects and activities throughout the county. This year, students will spend the majority of their time repairing playgrounds in the East Liverpool area. They will also assist the Columbiana County Humane Society.

“I am excited to continue this program in our county for a second year,” said Program Coordinator Rachael Esterly. “Our initiative focuses on needs in East Liverpool and surrounding communities, specifically area playgrounds.”

Students will be eating and sleeping at Kent State East Liverpool this week. Columbiana County is one of five program sites hosting students each of the University’s eight campuses.  Other sites include Buffalo, New York; Washington, D.C.; Cleveland and Chicago.  The Alternative Spring Break program was initiated by Kent State faculty, staff and student to help rebuild the Gulf Coast communities impacted by Hurricane Katrina in 2006.

The willingness of students to engage in community service during Spring Break is truly inspirational,” said Dean Jeff Nolte. “We appreciate the students’ hard work to improve the future of our region.”

The students’ accomplishments will be showcased Thursday at 4:30 p.m. during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Bank Street, Ohio Avenue, Mulberry, Orchard Grove and Moore Street playgrounds. Area children are invited to enjoy the newly renovated playgrounds directly following the ribbon cutting ceremony.