For the second year in a row, Eastern's Center for Community Engagement (CCE) sponsored two groups of students participating in Alternative Spring Break trips on March 22 and 23. For this year's trips, students worked on environmental projects and Hurricane Sandy disaster relief.
The environmental trip group remained in Connecticut, building log and lumber bridges based on the theories and understanding of nature of Henry Thoreau and Gifford Pinchot. They also participated in a panel discussion with conservation and environmental experts about environmental sustainability. In addition, they performed trail work on a portion of the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut. Calvin Underwood was the student trip leader.
The second group, led by students Brielle Heinl, Christina Mazzatti and Rebecca Ingoglia, went to New Jersey to engage in Hurricane Sandy disaster relief work. The students and their advisors, Anthony Aidoo, professor of mathematics, and Hall Director Emma Blandford, worked on volunteer projects in Ocean and Atlantic Counties. Specifically, they worked in Tom's River, Seaside Heights, Manahawkin, Atlantic City, Brigantine and several other communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. Their projects removed sand from buildings and homes; rebuilt dunes; improved trails and parks; worked in after-school programs; painted projects; and worked in a community food bank.