Spring Break 2012 - Atlanta
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Howard University Students Use Their Spring Break to Fight Bullying in Atlanta
By Jordan Duckens
Office of University Communications

WASHINGTON -- For nearly 20 years, Howard University students have skipped the beaches, parties, vacations and even trips home for spring break to instead use that time serving others across the nation and the world.

This year, hundreds will spend spring break in seven U.S. cities and Haiti from March 9 to March 15 helping communities with a variety of concerns – from illiteracy to gang violence to gun control to HIV/AIDS.

In Atlanta, Howard University students will tackle the issue of bullying.  According to the National Center for Bullying Prevention, nearly one-third of school-aged children are bullied every year. This amounts to almost 13 million kids. Howard students will teach children about negative effects of bullying and how to help when they see someone getting bullied.

The effort is part of the University’s award-winning Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program led by Executive Director Dr. Paula Whetsel-Ribeau.  Since 2009, ASB has expanded to incorporate multiple cities. This year, volunteers will serve communities in eight locations and will provide more than 12,000 hours of service. ASB 2013 includes service sites in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, New Orleans, Washington, D.C. and Haiti. This is the largest number of locations served in the program’s 19-year history.

The coordinator for Atlanta is Jasmine Gordon. Gordon is a junior chemical engineering major from Detroit. She has participated in ASB for three years.

In the past, Howard University students tutored elementary school students in English and math, helped rebuild in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and helped establish a library for a public high school in Washington, D.C. ASB is coordinated through the Office of the Dean of the Chapel with significant institutional support from the Office of the President coupled with the help of generous donations from Howard alumni, students, staff, faculty and residents from Washington, Maryland and Virginia.
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