Record Numbers for MU Alternative Spring Break

5 years 11 months 4 weeks ago March 25, 2011 Mar 25, 2011 Friday, March 25 2011 Friday, March 25, 2011 4:41:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
By: Elizabeth Hagedorn
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COLUMBIA - The number of participants in MU's Alternative Spring Break program have nearly doubled in numbers. With 190 participants, the program has more volunteers this year than ever before.

The participants will spend their spring break volunteering in places like Eagle Butte, South Dakota and Pittsboro, North Carolina. Projects include cleaning up Florida beaches, building homes, and even working in a tiger sanctuary.

Raha Obaei, president of Alternative Spring Break, cites new marketing techniques for the increase in student interest this year.

"We were chalking chalk boards in classrooms, we stuck ASB stickers all over campus, we talked in front of classes, we sent out emails. And we just overall wanted it to be a big year," said Obaei.

Obaei adds that many of the participants returns from last year.  Volunteering through Alternative Spring Break is a "humbling experience," she says.

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