UIS students to volunteer in Mississippi during spring break

SPRINGFIELD - Some University of Illinois - Springfield students have chosen to spend their spring break by helping with a coastal erosion project and working with children in Mississippi.

UIS officials say 20 students and two staff members will travel to Biloxi, Mississippi on March 15, and will return on March 21.  The students will work with preschoolers with art projects and reading, and will also volunteer with the Boys & Girls Club's after school program.  The students will also spend a day working with Land Trust of the Mississippi Coastal Plain on a coastal erosion prevention project.

Officials say the students will live in a Community Collaborations International volunteer hostel during their stay, with a majority of their time each day being spent on volunteering.  

The UIS Alternative Spring Break student organization was formed when students took their first trip in 2009 to Louisiana to help Habitat for Humanity build homes after Hurricane Katrina.  In subsequent years, students have traveled across the country to volunteer their time towards various projects, from cleaning up damage from natural disasters to working with the homeless.
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