April. 13, 2012
Every Spring and Winter Break period, the Center for Community Service at Shawnee State University plans a trip for students to help with special projects.
This year, 17 students went on the Alternative Spring Break to Orlando, Fla., sorting food at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. They sorted through a total of 84,121 pounds of food that provided 43,448 meals to people in central Florida.
Nikki Karabinis, coordinator of the Center for Community Service at SSU, planned and coordinated the trip.
"They actually enjoyed it because they could see the results of their work," Karabinis said. "Students worked a total of 24 hours and with the time they worked, if they had been paid a minimum wage, they donated over $3,326."
Not only did students learn about food security, they also spent some free time touring the area visiting Disney World, Sea World, Daytona Flea Market and International Speedway, the Ponce de Leon lighthouse and Gatorland.
Students had fundraisers to help pay for their expenses for travel and food. Additional funds to help with expenses were administered by the SSU Development Foundation. Individuals or organizations interested in establishing a fund or contributing to an existing fund can call the SSU Development Foundation at (740) 351-3284.
From Tuesday, April 17 to Thursday, April 19, the annual cardboard city Shanty Town will be built on campus in front of Massie Hall and the old bookstore lawn to raise funds for the homeless and educate participants. The event is sponsored by the IMPACT Team.