Contact: Allison Goodin, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790


Allentown, Pa (February 29, 2008) - Instead of pitching beach chairs along the sunny Atlantic shores during Spring Break next week, a group of Cedar Crest College have volunteered to trade in "fun in the sun" for a week of physical labor, hard work, and ultimately fun - all in a quest to make a difference in a Kentucky community.

As it has in past years, Cedar Crest College is once again offering the Alternative Spring Break - allowing students to use time off from their routine academic schedules to aid a community in Kentucky with construction projects. This year, students will volunteer for Lee County Habitat for Humanity in Beattyville, where they will work on the subflooring of a brand new home.  The trip runs from March 2 through March 8, 2008.

This year, 14 students and two advisors will be participating in the program, which is in its ninth year at Cedar Crest.  Students began applying for Alternative Spring Break early in the fall semester through applications and a group interview process that allowed program coordinators to choose a mix of leadership skills and create the best possible team dynamics.  In order to participate, students must also pay a fee and also work together to raise more than $4,000 for the trip.

"The interview process gives us the ability to look for beneficial characteristics within the individual students, such as energy, enthusiasm, communication and open-mindedness. This allows us to build teams with an optimal blend of leadership dynamics," says Tammy Bean, director of community service programs with the Lutz Center for Community Service at Cedar Crest College.

Students participating in Alternative Spring Break include: Dah-ve Bell '10 (Summerville, SC), Imani Bowers '08 (Monmouth Junction, NJ), Nicole DiRado '11 (Bethlehem, PA), Heidi Gioia '08 (Jamestown, NY), Mackenzie Lee '10 (Bar Harbor, ME), Clarissa Leverich '10 (Napanoch, NY), Sarah Schopf '11 (Breinigsville, PA), Laura Shively '10 (Allentown, NH), Danielle Skinner '08 (Church Hill, MD), Holly Sullivan '09 (Hawley, PA), and Sarah Wessells '10 (Delaware City, DE).

Cedar Crest College is committed to promoting a sense of civic engagement among students by encouraging community service.  Last year, Cedar Crest Students performed more than 24,000 hours of community service.

For more information, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.


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