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Nearly 250 Howard University Students to Spend Spring Break
on Service Mission in New Orleans to Assist Victims of Hurricane Katrina

Washington, D.C., March 9, 2006 – Instead of spending spring break having “fun in the sun”, nearly 250 Howard Universitystudents are opting to participate in the University's 2006 Alternative Spring Break(ASB) journey toNew Orleans, Louisiana to assist those devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

On both Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11 at 5 p.m. students, chaperones, and team leaders will depart the University on a 20-hour bus trip to New Orleans and return on Saturday, March 18.  Participants will be hosted by St. Bernard’s Parish where they will sleep in tents and receive three daily meals.

ASB provides an opportunity for an eclectic mix of Howard University students to join together in service.  In this week-long endeavor, students, including graduate and law school students, will travel to New Orleans to assist with continued restoration efforts along with Habitat for Humanity.  They will also participate in various outreach programs, including service projects with various schools, to assist survivors of Hurricane Katrina. 

“These students feel humbly commissioned to take action and effect change this spring break instead of just returning home or partying allweek as many college students often do,” said Alexis Logan, ASB student coordinator.

“Each year, ASB exposes students to diverse cultures and religious traditions through service and activism,” said Rev. Dr. Bernard Richardson, dean, Howard University Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel. “Students are immersed in unique settings or atmosphere to provide immediate assistance and reflect on the challenges prevalent in many communities throughout society. Concepts of social justice, economic disparity, and community outreach are explored through the lens of spirituality and faith. The experience forms a foundation for students to understand their role and responsibility in helping to rebuild shattered and struggling parts of society through vocation and service.”

This service opportunity is coordinated by the Office of the Dean of the Chapel and sponsored by the Spiritual and Ethical Dimensions of Leadership Initiative.  Those who wish to extend financial support to help these dedicated students of Howard University as they contribute to America and the Global Community, may call 202-806-7280 or send donations to:

Howard University Rankin Chapel

Alternative Spring Break

2395 6th Street, NW

Washington, D.C. 20059

Howard University has assisted nearly 400 students impacted by Hurricane Katrina, which included continuing students and special-admit students from universities in the affected region.  In addition to educational assistance, the University’s relief efforts included a broad range of services and assistance such as medical, legal, allied health, public health, social and psychological services, and religious support.

In January, South African Foreign Minister Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Ambassador Barbara Masekela presented a $306,866 check to Howard University President H. Patrick Swygert to assist Howard University students affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, Doctoral/Research-Extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, seven Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at www.Howard.edu.

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