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November 22, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

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SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students interested in participating in this year's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership spring CareBreaks have eight locations across the U.S. from which to pick.

The locations were announced this week.

CareBreaks are being planned to: Reedsburg, Wisc., Salem, Va., Savannah, Ga., Mount Vernon, Ky., Jacksonville, Fla., Maryville and Nashville, Tenn. and Philadelphia.

The service-learning trips will take place during SRU's spring break, March 17-23, with the volunteers paying their own way.

Participating volunteers will be involved in home repairs, environmental work, hunger and poverty issues, or working with individuals and animals in need depending on the city they select.

"I hope students see the value of giving back to a community and that it instills in them the need to do events like these in their years beyond college," said Charlie Judge, assistant CSIL director and project organizer.

CareBreak trips are $350 each and include transportation, food and accommodations. A $25 deposit is due at sign up.

SRU's CareBreak program, described as an "alternative spring break," provides students the opportunity to perform community service while also learning leadership and organization skills. In most cases, the student group works with a host organization in the CareBreak city on a project they are undertaking to help improve their city.

Registration forms and additional information are available in the CSIL Office in the Smith Student Center.

Anyone age 25 or older willing to server as a trip adviser is asked to contact the CSIL Office for details.

The CSIL also offers a number of weekend CareBreaks throughout the year.

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.