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Alternative Spring Break Comes to Columbiana County

Posted Feb. 21, 2012

Alternative Spring Break 2011 

Students from across the Kent State University eight-campus system are coming to Columbiana County as part of the University’s “Alternative Spring Break” program. The week-long event pairs teams of college students with area non-profit organizations. Each day, students will head out to a worksite and volunteer doing a range of activities.

“This is the third Alternative Spring Break the Columbiana County campuses have hosted,” said Local Coordinator Rachael Esterly.  “The program began six years ago after Katrina hit. Administrators at the Kent Campus rounded up a group of students and spent their spring break down in the Gulf,” she said. 

Esterly explained that the focus has shifted from assisting Gulf Coast residents to helping those in the Mid-West. This year, students are once again invited to Columbiana County. Students will stay at Kent State East Liverpool and provide direct service to area residents and local agencies. “We will work with a variety of social service agencies and learn more about the Appalachian culture,” she said. The event, which is March 18 through March 23, will cost $80. The fee includes transportation, lodging and food. A new, three day option is available from Sunday to Tuesday. The cost is $60. 

During the week students will sleep at the East Liverpool Campus and see area attractions such as Homer Laughlin China Company and the Lou Holtz Hall of Fame. In the evening, students will participate in programs put on by Kent State faculty and staff. These programs include learning more about the health and environmental issues and other challenges Appalachian counties face. 

The Kent State Columbiana County campuses offer more than 20 degrees, including 12 bachelor’s degrees. To learn more, attend an informational night on March 15 at Kent State Salem, or March 28 at Kent State East Liverpool. For more information please visit