Service Learning and Community Action

Past Alternative Spring Break Trips

Boston, MA  – 2011

Pensacola, FL – 2011

2012 Trips


Alternative Spring Break at Cambridge Public School

Nicole Tantum '14, Melinda Robins (Associate Professor, Journalism), and Larissa Sapko '12 paint signs at City Sprouts for use in the Cambridge Public School curriculum.

The Boston trip, led by Stephanie Miceli , participated in a variety of projects to explore the concepts of food access and justice in the Boston community. The group worked with the Waltham Community Farm, clearing brush and invasive species from their fields, which supply produce to soup kitchens, pantries, and shelters in the area. Participants also worked at Haley House, preparing a meal for people experiencing homeless, and Campus Kitchens Project, preparing meals from food donated by the University of Massachusetts Boston. The group finished the week serving with CitySprouts and World PEAS Coop. Participants assisted in sorting seeds and painting signs for the students in Cambridge City Schools who will use the supplies to plant gardens. While at the World PEAS Corps, the students had the opportunity to interview emergency food providers in Lowell to learn about their jobs and how they can improve the services provided by the organization.

New Mexico

Alternative Spring Break at Taos Charter School

Matt Durham '12, Paige Trubatch '12, and Sean Werkheiser '12 dig a trench for the installation of an irrigation system at Taos Charter School. 

The New Mexico trip, led by Isabel Thottam and Gabrielle Tassone, began the week at a local food pantry and farming cooperative, helping students at the Santa Fe native school break ground on their outdoor classroom project. They spent the rest of the week at Tierra Lucero, a start-up farm located in Taos. Their service included composting, weeding, preparing field beds for planting, and building a framework for a greenhouse. They also helped install an irrigation system for the Taos Charter School.

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