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Abington students reflect on service learning trips

Hurricane-torn Puerto Rico and an impoverished Native American reservation in South Dakota are unlikely spring break destinations, but Penn State Abington students competed to travel to these two areas for Alternative Spring Break.
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Service trip takes Abington students to South Dakota Indian reservation

Spring break equals service for ten Penn State Abington students who are volunteering on a reservation devastated by poverty in South Dakota.

Alternative spring break

The Penn State Abington tradition of students volunteering to help the hungry and the homeless during spring break in Washington, D.C.

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Washington, D.C., is home to some of the most powerful people in the United States. But this week, nine Penn State Abington students are connecting with the most powerless residents of our nation -- the homeless and the hungry. The annual Alternative Spring Break service learning project is a life-changing experience, according to Tracy Reed, coordinator of Student Life Programs at Abington campus. She said the trip, to which students must contribute financially in addition to sacrificing a week's vacation, helps them overcome stereotypes and bond with the less fortunate.