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Alternative Break Club community service trips
by Tribune Staff
Mar 18, 2012 | 591 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Members of the University of Nevada, Reno’s Honors Program pose in a field in southern Nevada last year during their “alternative spring break.” Seven Nevada students and other Friends of Nevada Wilderness volunteers did maintenance and restoration work at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge in southern Nevada.
Members of the University of Nevada, Reno’s Honors Program pose in a field in southern Nevada last year during their “alternative spring break.” Seven Nevada students and other Friends of Nevada Wilderness volunteers did maintenance and restoration work at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge in southern Nevada.
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RENO — The University of Nevada, Reno’s Alternative Break Club has planned two community service trips, one to Point Reyes, Calif. and one to rural Nevada, for undergraduate students during the school’s spring break, which began Saturday and continues through March 24.

With the success of last year’s volunteer trip, the club has decided to create the trip to Point Reyes and San Francisco, Calif. Students going on the trip will have the opportunity to engage in valuable volunteer efforts in an ecologically diverse area. The Point Reyes trip, known as the Honors Expedition, is for the University’s Honors Program students only and has been coordinated by Chris LaClasse, an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer who was placed in the Honors Program on campus for the year.

“The University Honors Program places a great deal of emphasis upon service-learning initiatives and volunteerism in general,” LaClasse said. “This pilot program will help in strengthening the bonds between campus and community, and we hope to make the Honors Expedition a recurring event annually.” 

The students will be removing an invasive ice plant next to the Point Reyes Lighthouse, working on sand dune restoration on the beaches of Abbott’s Lagoon and attending an educational foray in the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

Lyndsey Bohall, a sophomore at the university, is the founder and primary student leader of the club. Bohall began the club on campus last year after working with Nevada Volunteers over the summer as an AmeriCorps volunteer. Now in its second year on campus, Bohall hopes that the expansion of club trips will help motivate more students on campus to take an active role in participating in community service.

“It’s a good way for students to get that first initial taste of service and have fun at the same time,” Bohall said. “A lot of students don’t have time to volunteer during the year, so I figured spring break would be a good time for them to get involved.”

For more information, call 771-4354.
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