Mount Union Students Raise Funds for Spring Break Work Trip at CiCi?s Pizza in Alliance

May 05, 2010

While most other students are enjoying their time off or vacationing during Spring Break, 12 Mount Union students will be lending a hand to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, helping to clean up the destruction in Mississippi. Before their trip, however, they will be working hard to raise funds to make the service project possible.


On Thursday, February 1, Thursday, February 15 and Thursday, March 1 from 5-9 p.m., the students will be at CiCi's Pizza in Alliance to bus tables, refill sodas and talk to people about their upcoming trip. Ten percent of the dining purchase of patrons who mention they are there to support the Mount Union group will be donated to the service project.

The students fundraising at CiCi's and participating in the trip include Melissa Stinson, a sophomore of Painesville; Sarah Cochran, a junior sociology major of Springfield; Travis Todd, a sophomore biology major of New Stanton, PA; Theresa Callahan, a freshman early childhood education major from Lorain; Jodi Heath, a junior athletic training major of Spencer; Ashley Spragale, a freshman of Mercer, PA; Heather Stump, a freshman early childhood education major of Wadsworth; Melonie Jurcevic, a junior writing major of Parma; Stephanie Cartwright, a freshman of Wadsworth; Luke Messner, a sophomore business administration, political science and writing major of Dalton; Jamie Louk, a freshman athletic training major of Spencer and Ashley Walker, a sophomore of Oberlin. Also attending will be Amanda Espenschied-Reilly, director of service-learning and community service and Leigh Anne Drago, Vista service leader.

In order to be selected for the trip, the students had to participate in an application process. Twenty students applied and they were the 12 that were selected.

The students will be leaving on March 3 and staying in Kiln, MS at a housing center for volunteer groups called Camp Coastal Outpost. They will be spending long days working from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Waveland, MS on new construction, which will consist of painting and finishing drywall. Other parts of the trips will include a chance for the students to meet public officials to hear their view of the recovery efforts and also a tour of the area.

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