For Immediate Release
April 5, 2013
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BROCKPORT, NY— Students from The College at Brockport, State University of New York, took part in a unique spring break as part of a SUNY-wide initiative to participate in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts on Long Island, N.Y. Seven students and one staff member spent five days at the Long Island Recovery Center over their break.
The college’s Office of Community Development was contacted by the SUNY Administration about the service opportunity. Rich Harris, the coordinator of service and community of building, said this was an opportunity for students to enhance their civic engagement attitudes and skills. “It put them on the front lines, helping people in need,” said Harris.
Throughout the five days, the team worked on four houses, removing mold and debris, tearing down sheetrock, vacuuming, washing and scrubbing. Removing old insulation from crawl spaces was required in some of the homes.
Harris said he and the students were greatly affected by the opportunity. “Students learn that they can impact real social challenges, problems and needs,” said Harris. Service experiences enhance problem-solving skills, civic engagement attitudes and the ability to work in teams.
“It’s one thing to hear it on television, but it’s a totally different experience when you come face-to-face with an area and people that have been affected by a disaster,” said Harris.
The Office of Community Development provides service-learning opportunities, information on fraternities and sororities and aims to foster an understanding on the importance of integrity and civility.
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