Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Auburn students spent spring break helping Franklin County families

Last week approximately 70 students from Auburn University traveled to Franklin County on their annual spring break to provide assistance to a host of Franklin County families in the Apalachicola and Eastpoint areas.

Instead of participating in the traditional spring break rituals enjoyed by most college students to the area, like soaking up sun on the beach with drink in hand over on beautiful St. George Island.  

The students from Auburn instead spent Sunday through Thursday volunteering their time to help needy Franklin County families with yard work, building handicapped ramps, replacing roofs, pressure washing buildings and painting all in a program the University call "Alternative Spring Breaks".

The program is offered by the University's Center for Community Service and provides participating students with an affordable, substance-free service learning experience and a chance to make a lasting impact in the communities in which they work.

"We were allowed through service, to show love to others just as Christ loved us.  That is why we came, a much higher calling than simply repairing some houses", said Zach Mosher, a pre-med biomedical science student.

Franklin Promise Coalition, Inc., with assistance from the City of Apalachicola coordinated the student’s local involvement where a total of 45 sites throughout both the Eastpoint and Apalachicola communities received much needed help from the students.

On Tuesday Franklin Promise Coalition treated the students to lunch at the Holy Family Senior Citizen Center consisting of a low country shrimp boil.