Alternate Spring Break

Student volunteers donate their time to feed and build for those in greater need.

Ryan Deuel, Charlotte Crawford '16

Not all students go to warm places with beaches for Spring Break. This year, 18 St. Lawrence students spent the week in Philadelphia or Georgetown, South Carolina, along with volunteer faculty and staff, to lend a helping hand to those in need.

Embracing the notion of the City of Brotherly Love, Laurentian students organized a drive in Canton to collect toiletries and winter clothing in prep-aration for their trip to the St. Francis Inn, a Franciscan community that feeds the poor and homeless in Philadelphia. Unlike the typical urban soup-kitchen line, St. Francis serves patrons with table service, which St. Lawrence students helped provide.

Another group took part in a Habitat for Humanity project in South Carolina, spending the week learning the basics of carpentry and home construction while giving assistance to the family who will take ownership of the new home. Emily Potts ’18 of Killingworth, Connecticut, said everyone worked together as a team. “It’s good to get out of the bubble of St. Lawrence for a little bit,” she said. “We get so wrapped up in our school and everyday life that we kind of forget that there are people with greater issues than ours out there. An experience like this helps to humble you in that way.