This year, Lisa Rodrigues, Director of Residence Life & Community, and Latoya Johnson, Director of Student Activities & Multicultural Community Engagement, led our annual Alternative Spring Break service week. PMC’s students: Regine Albin, Maria Abreu, Cassie Doble, Gennadiy Golubev, Kateryna Kuida, Britteny Stalberte, Mayuka Watanabe, and Anesha Weaver participated in this year community service project in Newark, New Jersey. Over the course of five days the team lived together and worked on construction projects related to the rebuilding efforts in an area impacted by “SuperStorm Sandy” of 2012.
Ahead of the trip to Newark, students were involved in studying about New Jersey. Each had to research at least ten facts about the state of New Jersey prior to Hurricane Sandy. Those facts were then compared to those observed in the course text and documentary entitled, “Sandy: A Story of Complete Devastation, Courage, and Recovery.” These assignments helped students envision the devastation that occurred in New Jersey, and helped create greater context for the relief work they were about to contribute to.
The PMC team worked shoulder to shoulder with students and staff from Ohio State University, George Mason University, The Naval Academy, and Drew University. Some of the projects included demolition, putting up drywall, building closets and painting. Unique to the Newark experience, was the fact that students got to live in the Boys 'N Girls Club in Newark (BNG); which afforded them the opportunity to interact with younger students from the Newark community and also provide tutoring and participate in other BNG community building activities such as basketball, shuffle board, and ping pong.
Although there was lots of hard work and heavy lifting throughout the week, students were able to take a short break and explore New York City for half a day. During their time in the Big Apple, students and staff members enjoyed a group dinner, which gave them time to catch up with each other and reflect on their work and experience.
Pine Manor's Alternative Spring Break team – Making the Grade on NECN! In case you missed it, here's the link.