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Albright College Students Serving Others on Alternative Spring Break in Louisiana, Oklahoma, and locally in Reading

March 7, 2017

Reading, Pa. – Eighteen Albright College students will participate in service projects around the country during this year’s spring break, which begins March 10.

Albright will run its annual Alternative Spring Break trips at the following sites:

  • Broken Arrow, Okla.: A group of students and an advisor will return to Safari’s Sanctuary to help care for the animals at the wildlife rescue organization.
  • Baton Rouge, La.: A group of students and an advisor will work with the organization All Hands Volunteers to respond to flood damage that occurred in August 2016 that left many businesses and homes destroyed. 
  • Reading, Pa: A group of students and an advisor will stay close to home, volunteering at several locations, including the Salvation Army, YMCA, and Humane Society of Berks County. Students will also paint murals at neighboring 13th and Union Elementary School and assist with the afterschool Ready. Set. READ! program. 

Albright has been running Alternative Spring Break trips since 2006. Senior Julia Bryson, president of the College’s Alternative Spring Break organization, will take part in her third trip this year when she travels to Baton Rouge. She has previously helped with disaster relief efforts in Missouri and Texas, and encourages all students to participate in an Alternative Spring Break trip.

“It was eye-opening and extremely rewarding to be able to help others,” said Bryson. “I was able to hear the stories of the people who were affected by the natural disasters that occurred. Hearing their stories made me realize that I should never take anything for granted.”

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Founded in 1856, Albright College educates creative, curious students to become adaptable, global citizens who discover and reach their full potential. The College’s flexible interdisciplinary curriculum encourages students to combine majors and disciplines to create individualized academic programs. Close faculty mentorship, numerous experiential learning options, and a diverse, supportive and nurturing community of scholars and learners help students exceed their own expectations and graduate with a commitment to a lifetime of service and learning. Located in Reading, Pennsylvania, Albright enrolls more than 1,800 full-time undergraduates and 700 adult learners and graduate students.