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Spring Break a Time to Help Others for Many K-State Students

Monday, March 13, 2006

MANHATTAN -- Spring break, March 20-24, will be a time to help others for many Kansas State University students and organizations.

Some of the service activities K-State students will be participating in during spring break include:

* The K-State Community Service Program's Alternative Spring Break. Around 70 students will take part in one of four projects. They include working with AIDS Services of Dallas, a nonprofit organization that provides medically supportive housing to low-income people and families affected by HIV/AIDS. In Cedar Falls, Iowa, K-State students will join with student teams from other universities, through Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge program, to help Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity build a home for a family in need. In Boulder, Colo., K-State students will work with Stand-up-for-Kids, a volunteer organization that helps rescue homeless and street kids. K-State students also will head to New Orleans to work with the city of New Orleans, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross to assist with recovery efforts from Hurricane Katrina. Projects include debris removal and cleanup, restoration planning for the Xavier University Library, and helping with the creation and organizing of a database for children still missing six months after the hurricane hit.

More information on the Community Service Program's Alternative Spring Break is available by calling 785-532-5701.

* Assisting with hurricane recovery efforts in Pass Christian, Miss. K-State's Health and Nutrition Society will be making a second trip to Pass Christian over spring break to continue hurricane relief efforts.

Some members of the group first went to the community at the end of the fall 2005 semester and worked with God's Katrina Kitchen to prepare and serve food to 3,000 residents, volunteers, contractors and anyone needing a meal.

Kacie Rognlie, senior in public health nutrition, Topeka, and president of the Health and Nutrition Society, said seven members of the group would be going to Pass Christian over spring break to volunteer once again.

K-State's department of human nutrition is picking up the group's travel expenses, just as it did for the previous trip.

"We aim to work in the same area, as we enjoyed it immensely last time," Rognlie said. "The people down there have nothing -- but they are happy to be alive and very appreciative of our assistance.

"It is an amazing experience to go down there and see what condition a once beautiful town is in. They estimate it will take about five years to get back to where they were before Katrina hit. We are excited to see the progress that has been made in the community since we were there in December," Rognlie said.

The Health and Nutrition Society won't be going empty-handed. Last fall, K-State's Public Health Nutrition class raised $800 for the group to donate to hurricane relief efforts. The group is working to raise more funds to donate on its upcoming trip. More information about the Health and Nutrition Society is available by calling Mark Haub, assistant professor of human nutrition and the group's faculty adviser, at 785-532-0170.

* Helping with hurricane relief efforts in New Orleans. Around 25 members of K-State's Campus Crusade will be gutting houses heavily damaged by the hurricane, clearing brush and debris, and helping with food and supply distribution, according to Curtis Kipple, junior in computer engineering, Atchison, and a Campus Crusade member.

Kipple said it's the third visit members of the group have made to areas hit by Hurricane Katrina. Campus Crusade members also made two trips to Pass Christian last fall to assist with relief efforts. More information on the Campus Crusade trip is available online at: http://www.k-state.edu/cru/katrina/index.htm.

This article was posted on Monday, March 13, 2006, and is filed under College News.