K-State Students Spend Spring Break Giving Back

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - Nearly 40 Kansas State University students spent their week of spring break far from Cabo or Cancun.

Rather, these students were part of the university’s Alternative Breaks program, coordinated by students in the School of Leadership Studies. Participants volunteered for service learning projects across the U.S.

"We have 36 students out right now. We probably received between 50 and 60 applicants," said Leadership Studies Assistant Director Trisha Gott. "Students are selected based on an interview and application process, and that’s so that the students that go really have articulated kind of this commitment to commute. They don’t just see this as a one time, let me go get my hands dirty, but they really want to learn about these community issues."

This year’s locations included: Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Chicago, and Memphis, with projects ranging from children’s research and boys and girls clubs, to river clean-ups and faith ministries.

"For me, watching that kind of student development and students that are committed to helping other students get connected with their communities is a really powerful experience," said Gott. "It’s a reminder that our college students are absolutely committed to community and care a lot about the impact they have on community during their time as undergraduates."

Those students will have stories of their own to share as they finish off the school year.