Give ‘em a break, and Grinnell students will find a project to help others.
During this year’s fall break, Oct. 15-24, Grinnell Alt Break groups are working in:
• South Dakota, with the Lakota community on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Students will plant trees, build a room with straw bales, work with animals, and composting projects.
• Indiana, with an Amish community that invited them after a chance meeting last summer. Student leader Radka Slamova ’13 of the Czech Republic was travelling the country on a train, thanks to a Fischlowitz travel fellowship, and met an Amish family who invited her to visit. When Slamova followed up, the family offered that the students could work alongside Amish community members near Wolcottville, Ind.
• Nashville and Galveston on ReNew projects to cleanup flood and hurricane damage. Students on the Galveston trip are volunteering with Texas Episcopal Disaster Relief and Development to repair and rebuild houses on Galveston Island. The Nashville trip, led by Wadzanai Motsi ’12 of Zimbabwe, also stemmed from Motsi’s prior travel on a Fischlowitz travel fellowship and her fondness for the area, which was devastated by flood last summer.
• Grinnell to explore service opportunities. Students are assisting at a local elementary school, with Mid-Iowa Community Action and Grinnell Area Arts Council, and at nearby Rock Creek State Park.