Caitlyn Tompkins, a freshman attending Wilkes University, is taking her spring break to the Big Easy in March, as part of the Alternate Spring Break Program.
The ASB program places teams of students in communities both domestically and globally to engage in service work and experiential learning. Students perform projects in the community setting and learn about societal issues such as hunger, homelessness, poverty, education, racism, and the environment. Being completely immersed into diverse environments enables participants to experience, discuss, and understand social issues in a significant way.
"I feel strongly about this educational and life long opportunity that I may be able to contribute and help other in need," Tompkins said.
Tompkins, who is studying pharmacy and working towards a PharmD degree, said that she chose the alternate spring break program to get involved.
"I already knew I wanted to get involved to meet new people and create new experiences whether it would be helping others in the community or helping others on campus," Tompkins said. "Here at Wilkes University an opportunity came up to make a true difference in the lives of others, Alternate Spring Break (ASB)."
This year instead of going home for spring break, Tompkins is traveling to New Orleans, LA from March 2-9 and is asking that those who can, donate to help support the program.
"I ask for your support of this extraordinary program and deeply appreciate your generosity," Tompkins said.