Alternative Spring Break 2012 - Atlanta
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HU Students Forgo Spring Break to Better Lives in Atlanta
HU Students Forgo Spring Break to Better Lives in Atlanta
Ebony Gamble, faculty member of  Hope-Hill Elementary and the school's coordinator for volunteer services and partnerships, said the school has seen an increase in its pupils' standardized test scores since Howard students began tutoring them.

Hundreds of college students flocked to Atlanta and partied over spring break. Some of
Howard University's students were there, too, but they lent a helping hand to underserved
students in Atlanta and even Africa through the University's Alternative Spring Break
(ASB) program

From March 12 to March 16, more than 50 Howard students tutored students at Douglass High School and Therrell High School in reading and math in preparation for standardized state test as well as college entrance exams. They also mentored students at Hope-Hill Elementary School and Toomor Elementary School.

Hope-Hill is a familiar site for service. Howard students have been visiting the school for the past two years, and administrators said they have seen a rise in the students' standardized test scores since Howard students began working with them.

Hope-Hill Elementary School is located in close proximity to Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Social Change where 93 percent of its students live below the poverty line.

Students also sorted, packaged and distributed books for Books for Africa. The books are shipped to Africa where they are distributed to children, schools and libraries. Many of the children in these communities never held a book before. Since 1988, Books for Africa has shipped more than 24 million books to 46 African countries.

The students also worked with students from Spelman, Morehouse, and Clark Atlanta on other educational projects in different communities.

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