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Creighton Students Spend Fall Break in Service

More than 190 Creighton students will be spending their fall break, Oct. 13 to 20, in service in 24 communities across the country. The service trip program sponsored by Creighton Universityís Center for Service and Justice (CCSJ) continues the celebration of its 30th anniversary.

Student service projects run the gamut and include: Hurricane Isaac relief in New Orleans; accompanying a special needs community in Clinton, Iowa; building houses with Habitat for Humanity in Stroud, Okla. and Sioux City, Iowa; and helping set up new efficiency apartments at the Siena/Francis House in Omaha while staying as guests in the shelter.

Other trips are immersion experiences that introduce students to culture or social justice issues. Students are traveling to West Virginia to learn about clean energy and environmental justice; some will go to the Native American reservations in Wind River, Wyo., and Winnebago, Neb., to learn about Native American culture; two trips are scheduled to the border in El Paso, Texas, to learn about immigration; and a trip in Omaha focuses on learning about sustainability.

In the 30 years since the service program began, more than 4,000 Creighton students have used their spring or fall breaks to serve others and learn about social justice concerns such as poverty, immigration, homelessness and environmental justice.

The Creighton community will send these students off with a mission ceremony at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, at St. Johnís Church.