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Alternative Spring Break Brings USM Students toTom's River, N.J.

USM students joined their counterparts nationwide who participate in public service trips for spring break. Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a way for students to experience new places while participating in public service projects in the communities they visit.

This year, USM students chose Tom’s River, New Jersey as the site for their ASB, where they participated in Hurricane Sandy relief. A group of eight USM students traveled to Tom’s River through Community Collaborations International and worked with the local soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, Habitat for Humanity, and Boys and Girls Clubs.

This year’s participants (listed in alphabetical order by hometown) were:

Lindsey Hicks, a history and international studies double major from Bangor.
Taylor Carter, an economics major from Biddeford.
Caitlin Dunn, a health science major from Kennebunk.
Rebecca Tanous, a chemistry major from Peak’s Island.
Sarah Henry, a nursing major from Rockland.
Philippe Vo, an athletic training major from Sanford.
Skyla Gordon, an economics major from Los Angeles, Calif.

The students held fund-raising activities such as bake sales, bottle drives, and an annual silent auction to cover the travel costs. In September, the ASB group will begin meetings to raise interest, select a location, and begin fundraising. All USM students are invited to participate.