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 Spring break promises back-breaking work for 53 SRU student volunteers in 6 cities 



March 5, 2007
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Spring break promises back-breaking work for 53 SRU student volunteers in 6 cities

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - It will be buckets, shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows and back-breaking hard work for 53 Slippery Rock University students who chose to spend spring break volunteering in six cities across the U.S. as part of the University's Institute for Community, Service-Learning and Nonprofit Leadership CareBreak Program.

Students and group advisers will travel to Baltimore, Chicago, East St. Louis, New Orleans, Phoenix and San Francisco as part of the today through March 16 program. Since its 1994 inception, nearly 1,000 students have participated in the program.

Amy Kean, a counseling and development graduate student from Pittsburgh who is organizing this year's overall program and participating in the Baltimore trip, said participating students have the chance to help a segment of a host community, travel and learn more about themselves. "It is also a great opportunity to make friends, not only with fellow SRU students, but with others in the host cities," she said.

Volunteers headed to Baltimore will work with youth doing citywide clean up and after-school recreation programs in conjunction with the Baltimore's Civic Works Program. In Chicago, volunteers will work with Hull House on community-service projects, and those in East St. Louis will help out at one of the poorest school districts in the country by aiding classroom teachers with everyday tasks and tutoring.

A 10-member group traveling to New Orleans will continue clean-up work from Hurricane Katrina, while those headed to Phoenix will work with a number of homeless shelters, food banks and other community organizations. SRU students will also lend a hand with environmental restoration and clean up work at Presidio National Park in San Francisco.

"Our CareBreak project gives students a chance to have a productive, educational and rewarding spring break," Kean said.

Alice Kaiser-Drobney, institute director, estimates more than $1 million in community service has been provided by CareBreak volunteers.

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.

Editor's Note: A list of participating students/advisers is attached.

Students participating in 2007 SRU CareBreak program

Mahvish Ali Monroeville Elementary Education/Special Education
Nicky Bixler York Sport Management
Amy Kean Penn Hills Counseling
Kara Kocono Leechburg Secondary Education
Casey Hartle New Castle Secondary Education
Erika Williams Edgewood Elementary Eudcation/Special Education
Kelsey Porter North Braddock Elementary Education/Special Education
Jessica Cox Pittsburgh Communication
Bethany Tahon Butler French/Business Administration
James Clark Monroeville Secondary Education
Matthew Highberger Beaver Falls Spprt Management
Amanda Zabotsky Berlin Center, OH Secondary Education
Jasmine Lewis New Castle Engineering
East St. Louis
Jamie Paterline West Newton Elementary Education/Early Childhood
Jon Franz Balkeslee Elementary Education
Rebecca Hall Brittany Johnson Elementary Education/Special Education
Claire Maginness Darlington Elementary Education/Special Education
Amy Zdilla Renfrew Elementary Education/Special Education
Nikki Gwinn Bessemer Elementary Education/Special Education
Rachel Garland Verona Elementary Education
Sarah Swiget Aurora Elementary Education/Special Education
Krystina Herman Morrisdale Elementary Education/Special Education
New Orleans
Jackie Harvey Horsham Safety & Envirionmental Management
Bill Painter Evans City Accounting
Elizabeth Kerr Harmony Elementary Education/Special Education
Kelly Hammer Erie Biochemistry
Brandi Lockerman Cheswick Athletic Training
Meagan Gribbin Portage Communication
Shavonne Lowry Pittsburgh Elementary Education/Special Education
Andrew Chisholm Coudersport Sport Management
Angelique Williams Pittsburgh Elementary Education/Special Education
Jewelle Motley Verona Social Work
Corinne Haid Chicora Elementary Education/Special Education
Valerie Kremer Pittsburgh Social Work
Katelyn Walker Luxor Secondary Education
Maria Gargano Hermitage Elementary Education/Secondary Education
Megan Fritz Wadsworth, OH Economics
Jeff Wallace Pittsburgh Business Management
Abbey Tucker Wadsworth, OH Elementary Education
Keith Gillis Pittsburgh Elementary Education
Justin Cass Pittsburgh Physical Therapy
San Francisco
Brittany Ryhal New Castle Geography
Jessica Spiker Meyersdale Elementary Education/Special Education
Erin Cilladi DuBois School Counseling
Matthew Kuhns Erie Business Marketing
Christine Jenkins Pittsburgh School Counseling
Brian Brown Adrian Management
Barbara Pfouts Ruffs Dale English
Kendra Potsubay Eau Claire
Chris Schilling Georgetown Communication
Pamela Warner Grove City Biology
Kathleen Rex Erie Social Work

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