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Snowy Start Marks 25th Anniversary of Spring Break Service Trips at Creighton

Snowy Start Marks 25th Anniversary of Spring Break Service Trips at Creighton

A blizzard didnít stop Thursday nightís send-off ceremony at St. Johnís Church for more than 230 Creighton University students getting ready to hit the road for Spring Break Service Trips. While the snow may have delayed the start of travel for students heading out of town, it didnít cancel the trips.

About 230 students will be working at 30 different sites, including 10 in the hurricane damaged Gulf Coast region of Louisiana and Mississippi, and one as far away as West Virginia. Some students elected to stay closer to home, working at the Siena-Francis House in Omaha.

At each of the sites students will perform a variety of service work including repairing homes along the Gulf Coast region, tutoring pre-kindergarten through fifth- grade students in inner cities on reading and test skills, and ministering to and learning from the poor and homeless.

The Spring Break Service Trips program began in 1983 when a nursing student proposed that a group of seven students go to Eastern Kentucky to do service work. The Creighton Center for Service and Justice took over some of the behind-the-scenes administrative tasks when it was created in 1995, but the program remains student-led and student-funded.

To see a complete list of the Service Projects go to: http://www.creighton.edu/ccsj/sbst/hostsites.html