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Freshman’s first year in Alternative Spring Break: Detroit

DETROIT (March 12) – As freshman Rachel Solomon mentors pupils from the Detroit public school system, she reflects on what brought her here. She comes from a long history of dedicating her services to the community; starting first with her own community back home in Los Angeles, California.

Rachel’s services to the community have included volunteering at Saint Stevens Church to feed the homeless for Thanksgiving and Christmas andto raising money for the homeless.

A public relations major, Rachel was given the opportunity to volunteer her services for Alternative Spring Break (ASB) Detroit here at Howard University.
“I applied for ASB Detroit because it’s my mother’s hometown, and I wanted to give back to her childhood home. It holds a special place in my heart.” Rachel said sheepishly.

Her mother, Joanne Solomon, was born and raised in Detroit. She is a fellow alumna of Wayne State University, along with President Sidney A. Ribeau.
Rachel also applied for Alternative Spring Break Detroit because of the humble experience she will gain from the service. “I wanted to get a new perspective by looking through the eyes of others. I wanted to look at other people’s struggles.”..more

Future College Grads Start First as Dishwashers

By Keneisha Deas
Howard University News Service

DETROIT (March 16) – Sophomore Demnlus Johnson hopes to one day make major motion pictures, thus his enrollment in the Department of Radio, Television and Film at Howard University.

But today, the Richmond, Calif. native is a dishwasher at a local Salvation Army, and proud of it.

Demnlus is among dozens of Howard University students who skipped the beaches of Mexico and the Caribbean and other vacations and instead are spending their spring break helping others in Detroit.  Last week, the members of Howard University’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program were preparing food, washing dishes and cleaning the dining area for men who are down on their luck at a local Salvation Army. 

“It felt good to give back to those who were down and out. It was a humbling experience,” said Johnson, who also helped move and store boxes. ..more

ASB Participants Make Local High School Students’ Greenhouse “Greener”

By Keneisha Deas
Howard University News Service

DETROIT (March 13) – On an unseasonably warm day, with the sun shining, hardly a cloud in the sky and just weeks after a light snow dusted the city, Howard University Alternative Spring Break (ASB) participants were helping local high school students plant fruit trees and vegetables at their newly constructed greenhouse.

Nearly 50 Howard students are in Detroit this week as part of a service project to help underserved communities. One of their projects is Highland Park High School, where students are trying to create a more eco-friendly environment through Project Greenhouse.

They plan to produce an array of vegetables, like tomatoes, cucumbers, greens, squash and peas, and grow fruit trees; specifically, apple and peach.

The greenhouse is the brainchild of Distributed Power, an organization that hopes to produce fresh fruits and vegetables in Detroit neighborhoods while educating young people and community members on urban farming, gardening and..more

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