"Alternative School Break set the tone for the rest of my life"
By Liza Thompson ‘21
Lafayette’s Alternative School Break (ASB) is a club that travels to serve other communities during the College’s January winter and March spring breaks (with the exception of March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The club began in 1993 when a group of students wanted to travel to Florida to help victims of Hurricane Hugo. However, a snowstorm prevented the students from traveling. They decided they would still find a way to give back, so they planned a trip to Honduras the following spring. They cleaned community buildings and painted rooms at an orphanage. Since then, the club has expanded on campus; there were three community service ASB trips in January and two planned for March, which were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A group of ASB alumni returned to campus in February to describe how ASB has influenced their lives since graduating from Lafayette. Here are some insights the panelists shared with current ASB members: