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January 2012 News Releases

Washburn University students volunteer in Florida during winter break

Twelve Washburn University students spent part of their winter break, Jan. 1-8, working with Habitat for Humanity building a house in Florida.

Alternative break programs allow students to perform short term projects and give students opportunities to learn about the problems faced by members of communities with whom they otherwise may have had little or no direct contact.

Being completely immersed into diverse environments enables participants to experience, discuss, and understand social issues in a significant way. The intensity of the experience increases the likelihood that participants will transfer the lessons learned on-site back to their own communities even after the alternative break ends.

Students who volunteered are listed below by hometown:

Garden City: Kelli Karlin

Lawrence: Rachel Beard, Benjamin Fitch

Topeka: Kaitlin Alegria, Kacie Cope, Schuyler Ellis, Angelique Flinn, Kelsie Maxwell, Jennifer Ploussard, Amber Schroeder and Joshua Wurtz

Wichita: Kore Lippoldt

Washburn Alternative Break Program sponsored the trip. For more information, contact the Learning in the Community office at (785) 670-1950.

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Amanda Hughes, university relations, (785) 670-2153