CLINTON, NY — Bianca MacDonald, of Wilmington, was one of 36 Hamilton College students who participated in the college’s 26th Annual Alternative Spring Break (ASB), from March 17 to 31. MacDonald, a sophomore majoring in creative writing and economics, is a graduate of Austin Preparatory School.
Hamilton’s Alternative Spring Break program is aimed at increasing students’ awareness and concern of social issues while generating a life-long interest in community service. This year, participants traveled to Rockbridge, Va., Goldsboro-Wayne, N.C., and Marion County, S.C., to work on Habitat for Humanity projects, and to Baltimore to work with youth.
The Alternative Spring Break program began in 1993 when 20 students traveled to Miami to work on Hurricane Andrew relief with Habitat for Humanity. Participants in the ASB trips hold a number of fundraisers throughout the academic year to earn money for their expenses, which include van rentals, accommodations, meals, and in some cases, site fees.
Originally founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy, Hamilton College offers an open curriculum that gives students the freedom to shape their own liberal arts education within a research- and writing-intensive framework. Hamilton enrolls 1,850 students from 49 states and 49 countries. Additional information about the college can be found at http://www.hamilton.edu.
(NOTE: The above announcement is from Hamilton College via Merit.)
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