Monday, March 15, 2010

UIS students leave for volunteer spring break

A record number of UIS students and three advisers left Friday night for a week of volunteering in Galveston, Texas, helping with recovery efforts following Hurricane Ike. The hurricane washed over Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula on Sept. 13, 2008.

More than 300 college and university students from across the country will stay 20 to 25 in a room at Alamo Elementary School for the week. They will be bused to several sites to do a variety of work, said Kelly Thompson, director of the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center at UIS.

“When you do service for an entire week with someone, you can see the change you’ve made in someone’s life,” said Jaleesa Earthely, a UIS junior from Bolingbrook who is making the trip. “That gives me joy.”

The story was featured in a March 13, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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