Mar 2, 2010 6:05 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

University of Colorado students helping out on Spring Break

About 150 University of Colorado at Boulder students will spend their spring break vacations in service-learning programs helping people manage chronic disease through nutrition, serving as youth camp counselors teaching kids about the environment or taking part in one of eight other projects around the country.

The trips are organized by Alternative Breaks, a program of CU-Boulder's Volunteer Resource Center. Volunteers will be traveling in small groups to locations such as Tennessee to build trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and New Orleans to volunteer with a Hurricane Katrina relief organization.

"We want to make sure we go into communities with an awareness of the issues," said Allie Mills, Alternative Breaks student coordinator. "Students have a more meaningful experience and have a better connection to the people they are serving when they have information to supplement what they are experiencing first-hand."

Mills will help lead a trip this year to New York City to prepare and deliver meals to people living with HIV and AIDS.



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