UI Students choose Alternative Spring Break

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) – About 185 University of Iowa students chose to take a different kind of Spring Break.

These students will spend their break serving in 12 communities throughout the U.S. They split into teams and left for their destinations early Saturday morning. They will work with youth education, public health, food pantries, and more.

Student Ben Grothe said his friends had gone in previous years and had a good experience, so he wanted to give it a try.

“Not only do you make a positive difference on the community, but it leaves a pretty big impact on you. I'm always looking for opportunities to meet people from different backgrounds and who have different experiences than me. I figured this would be a good opportunity to do that.,” Grothe said.

Leadership and Service Program Coordinator Charlotte Brown said this is a great learning opportunity for students.

"They are learning leadership through service. We hope that they bring that back to the Iowa City community to enhance the community that we have here," Brown said. “They have a lot of extra hands and support to help further their mission, so the good work they’re already doing is just enhanced by having University of Iowa students there this week.”

This is the 5th year of UI's Alternative Spring Break.