Some Hofstra University students decided to spend their spring break in Bayboro, North Carolina to help out out with a service project. This life changing experience, as cliché as it may sound, has been the high light of some students semester. From March 24 to 29, nearly 30 Hofstra students along with administrators Ashley Gray and Sara Hinkle, lived closely with each other. They made new friends and most of all, helped to change a small community and in the biggest way.
Hofstra’s Alternative Spring Break, through the Office of Student Leadership and Activities, partnered with the National Relief Network to assist with Hurricane Irene relief. The storm that hit over a year ago has left many families without homes and it will take years for all of them to be repaired.
Not everyone can afford to fix their homes, so organizations like NRN, ASB and North Carolina Baptist Men volunteer to fix it for them. During their stay, Hofstra students helped to demolish nearly three homes with the help of students from the University of Delaware.
Alternative Spring Break was founded in 2006 when OSLA collaborated with the Interfaith Center and Hofstra’s Student Government Association to volunteer in New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina relief. Since then, it has become an annual activity open to students.