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NJIT Sandy Alternative Spring Break

BY Melissa Bee

NJIT Sandy Alternative Spring Break

What are you doing for Spring Break?

It’s NJIT’s spring break right now and students are helping recovery efforts after the historic Hurricane Sandy. The College of Architecture and Design has organized the Alternative Spring Break, including lodging and local transportation.

Students, faculty, staff, and alumni can volunteer for one day, multiple days, or the whole week of NJIT’s Spring Break. They also can choose where they volunteer. The choices include projects from various leaders, including Jersey Cares. The locations available include Point Pleasant, Toms River, and Jersey City. Athletes and fraternities make up a lot of those volunteers.

Volunteers will be working together with those from other colleges and universities and with local organizations to clean-up and rebuild in devastated areas. The school notes that, “In this manner, community service and experiential learning will improve our communities and increase professional capacity to ensure that we are New Jersey Strong.”

Updates are already being posted, as this week is NJIT’s spring break vacation week. You can find the updates on the tumblr or on Facebook.

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Alternative Spring Break is not a new idea. It is the practice of breaking off from a more “traditional” party spring break and optinginstead for volunteering for the week. It is also not new to NJIT. Most notably, in March of 2011, the Lambda Delta Chapter at NJIT of the Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity went to New Orleans for their break to help 4 different organizations rebuild after Katrina.

There is a tumblr of NJIT students and faculty responding to Hurricane Sandy, http://njit-sandy.tumblr.com/ with cleanup events, awareness parties, fundraisers, information, and photographs.

Visit NJIT’s Sandy Rebuild Volunteer site for more information.

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