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WKU students spend spring break volunteering in Alabama

Eight students from WKU chose to spend their Spring Break vacation volunteering in Montgomery, Ala.

A group from WKU spent spring break volunteering in Montgomery, Ala. The Alternative Break was sponsored by the Student Activities Office.

A group from WKU spent spring break volunteering in Montgomery, Ala. The Alternative Break was sponsored by the Student Activities Office.

The students volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and Cedar Crest Nursing Home in Montgomery. The Student Activities Office at WKU sponsored the trip. Two graduate assistants and one professional staff member from the Student Activities Office planned and participated in the trip.

The group assisted with the renovations of two Montgomery homes for Habitat for Humanity. Three days were spent at the Habitat ReStore where students helped clean, organize and unload incoming trucks full of new donations. At Cedar Crest Nursing Home, students gave manicures, played games and visited with residents.

The students who participated in the Montgomery trip were Courtney Roark of London; Shayla Carter of Mount Washington; Omega Buckner of Louisville; Rosa Crisantos of Georgetown; Tommia Miller of Lexington; William Gaines of Louisville; Jessica Angelly of Metropolis, Ill.; and Lien Vu of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Participating staff from the WKU Student Activities Office included Alex Isbill of Owensboro; Vanessa David of Shrewsbury, Mass.; and Crystal Hardeman of Bowling Green.

The WKU group also toured museums and historical sites from the Civil Rights Movement in Montgomery including the Civil Rights Movement Memorial Center, the Rosa Parks Memorial Museum and the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church and Parsonage where Martin Luther King Jr. lived and served as pastor.

The Student Activities Office hosts Alternative Breaks for WKU students during the fall and spring break sessions. Trips are focused on either educational or volunteer initiatives. In the past, students have traveled to Washington, D.C.; New Orleans, La.; and Huntsville, Ala. For information on WKU’s Alternative Breaks, visit www.wku.edu/sao.

Contact: Crystal Hardeman, (270) 745-4434.

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