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Jan. 24, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU Care Break volunteers visit Jamaica, Bolivia, Georgia

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Thirty-two Slippery Rock University students spent part of their winter break volunteering time to community service in two international countries and Atlanta, Ga., as part of the University's Care Break Program.

Care Break trips are planned and financed by the students and are part of SRU's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. Since their inception, the service projects have provided more than 200,000 hours of volunteer service, which is valued at $4,250,000.

During the 2014 winter break, 16 SRU students spent time in Petersfield, Jamaica, working in local schools to assist with daily activities and tutoring. Some added light construction work to their volunteer efforts at the schools and at the community center in Petersfield.

Corinne Gibson, director of SRU's Office of Multicultural Development, served as the group's adviser.

Seven SRU students visited Cochabamba, Bolivia, to lend a hand with various light construction projects, including laying bricks and a painting project that improved the community. The students were also involved with a number of community youth projects.

Christine Pease-Hernandez, assistant professor of communication, was the group's adviser.

Nine students volunteeed in Atlanta helping local organizations there, including soup kitchens, inner-city schools and after-school programs that needed additional staffing.

Tasha Roberts, a student affairs in higher education graduate student from Slippery Rock, was the group's adviser.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.