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At least six members of the Alternative School Break Club will work as volunteers to alleviate hunger in Washington, D.C. over fall break, Oct. 11-15. Each student will have a significant leadership responsibility within the group.

The students and their leadership positions are: Stephanie Regan ’03, a history major from Lavallette, N.J., team leader; Catriona Mhairi Duncanson ’03, an A.B. engineering major from Basking Ridge, N.J., scribe, who will take minutes and record service hours and other general information; Crystal Taylor ’03, a math major from Hyattsville, Md., cultural guru, who will educate team members about the culture of the area, the agencies with whom they are working, and issues that surround the need they are serving; Elissa Molloy ’05 of Troy, Mich., secretary; Suzanne Metzger ’03, an economics and business major from Fair Lawn, N.J., treasurer, who will be responsible for keeping financial records and leading fundraising; and Kathryn Lambert ’03, a psychology major from Reston, Va., team builder, who will develop teamwork and group dynamics. Gladstone Hutchinson, dean of studies, will accompany the team.

The students will work with The Pilgrimage, an educational service learning center and hostel affiliated with the Presbyterian Church USA, and Food & Friends, an organization that meets the daily nutritional needs of people living with HIV/AIDS, their families, and caregivers in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Lafayette students, including Duncanson, worked with Food & Friends during an Alternative School Break trip over the January interim session.

The fall break volunteers will communicate over the summer to get to know each other and learn more about hunger and the Washington D.C. area. Spaces are available for two more students.

Last school year, the Alternative School Break Club conducted service projects in Honduras, Hungary, Arizona, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The organization’s first project took place in Honduras during the 1994 spring break.

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