Alternative spring break engages students


Some University of Washington Bothell students are hitting the trail at Tiger Mountain near Issaquah for their Alternative Spring Break project. The trail restoration is part of four organized activities for students during the break between quarters.

It's not all work. After a day on the trails led by people with Mountains to Sound Greenway, the students spend the night in cabins at Dash Point State Park where they will cook over open flames and bond around a campfire. The next day they help clean up the Puget Sound shoreline at the park near Federal Way.

Other Alternative Spring Break students are volunteering at a food bank in Burlington, engaging in a cultural exchange with Northwest Indian College students and exploring the Tulalip Reservation, and sorting donated clothes at a Bothell junior high for Northshore families in need.

Alternative Spring Break gives students the opportunity to take part in educational projects that encourage citizenship and community service. The student-led initiative is a partnership of Achieving Community Transformation (ACT), the Office of Community-Based Learning and Research, and Student Engagement and Activities.

Organizers say Alternative Spring Break exposes students to community partners where they may learn about issues of social justice and future opportunities.

Students will post photos on Facebook to update four Alternative Spring Break activities between March 19 and March 26.

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