Collegians to forego Spring Break Revelry for Charitable Work

It’s good to see the oversexed, alcohol-swilling students try to have some positive effects on communities!

"Howard University Radio, WHUR (96.3 FM), is planning “A Helping Hand,” a 12-hour radiothon Sunday with the goal of raising $50,000 to send more than 300 Howard University students to Chicago, Detroit and New Orleans, as well as across the D.C. area, to help families dealing issues that include illiteracy and the lingering effects of Hurricane Katrina.

The effort is part of the university’s 14-year-old Alternative Spring Break program. Every year, many Howard students give up vacation time to perform public service. For the past three years, hundreds of students have spent spring break helping people devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

This year, some will return to New Orleans to help in the city’s legal department. In the Washington area, students will confront homelessness in the District, Maryland and Virginia, and provide mentoring and tutoring to area students. Other Howard students will assist efforts to reduce gun violence by working with churches in Chicago and assist literacy programs for students in Detroit.

That’s wonderful! My school did something similar and I found it to be a great experience.

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