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STANFORD -- Instead of taking a Spring Break in the conventional sense this March, about 30 Stanford University students plan on helping Southern California residents take a break from the quake.
The student volunteers plan to travel south March 19 to spend a week helping residents in the Pasadena and Reseda areas rebuild their homes and lives in the wake of the Jan. 17 earthquake.
Participants in the Alternative Spring Break project,"Homelessness and Earthquake Relief in Los Angeles," will be busy with activities ranging from serving warm food to applying mechanical engineering expertise to small construction projects. Currently, students are preparing for the project by brushing up on geophysics and contacting relief agencies such as the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, Red Cross and Salvation Army.
This trip is a new addition to the core of Alternative Spring Break Service-Learning Projects. For seven years, these spring break trips, sponsored by the Haas Center for Public Service, have offered students an opportunity to learn about specific social and environmental issues through a combination of hands-on, direct service activities and meetings with activists, policymakers and service providers.
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