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The Alternative School Break Club (ASB) has planned visits to John’s Island, S.C., and Gallup, N.M., to perform community service during spring break.

At John’s Island, a group of ASB volunteers will aid Habitat for Humanity in an ongoing building project in several communities that have been developing over the past several years. In addition, students will spend some time at John’s Island Resale Store, the primary source of income and funding for the John’s Island Habitat for Humanity operations.

The team will include William Hwang ’07 (Bridgewater N.J.), a neuroscience major; Meaghan Zentgraph ’07 (Lansdale, Pa.), an English major; Amanda Barba ’08 (Palisades, N.Y.), an American studies major; Christie Egan ’08 (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.); Kate Ellis ’08 (Katonah, N.Y.), a psychology major; Viktoria Gecyte ’08 (Vilnius, Lithuania), an economics and business major; Marquis Scholar Greg Martin’08 (Chappaqua, N.Y.), a philosophy major; Adam Preller ’08 (Rockville Centre, N.Y.); Alex Meis ’08 (Erdenheim, Pa.), a philosophy major; Marquis Scholar Ben Towne ’09 (Litchfield, N.H.); and Jenna McNally ’09 (Granby, Conn.).

A second group will help National Indian Youth Leadership Program, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the positive development of Native American youth. Students will work directly with community members and young Native Americans in Gallup through outdoor adventures, experiential learning, service, and leadership.

The team will include Laura Smothers ’06 (Freehold, N.J.), a psychology major; Trustee Scholar Nate Parker ’08 (Milford, N.H.), a biology major; Jackie Golden ’07 (Latham, N.Y.), a double major in Spanish and biology; Debra Perrone ’08 (Fair Lawn, N.J.), a civil engineering major; Karen Ruggles ’08 (Easton, Pa.), an English major; and John Christian ’09 (Lynchburg, Va.).

Last school year’s trips included community projects in Honduras, Virginia, South Carolina, and Florida. Students held a brown bag discussion on their fall break trip to Washington, D.C., which focused on bringing food to HIV/AIDS patients and the terminally ill. During the January interim, 18 students traveled to Chicago, San Francisco, and Honduras to fight hunger and bring clean water to needy communities.

ASB is running “Rent-An-ASBer,” a fundraiser in which faculty and staff can request an ASB member to help with yardwork, painting, maintenance, and other small projects around their homes. The fee is a $10 donation per ASBer per hour. For more information, contact Spanish and B.S. biology double major Jackie Golden ’07 (Latham, N.Y.) at

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