A group of University of Hartford students will spend their upcoming spring break helping the people of Biloxi, Miss. recover from Hurricane Isaac, which hit in August of 2012. The 35 students and three advisors will leave the University campus by bus at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 22, and will return on Saturday, March 30, at approximately 6 p.m.
During their time in Biloxi, the students’ volunteer work will focus on cleanup and long-term Gulf Coast ecosystem restoration. They will complete a variety of projects, including shoreline restoration, native plant propagation, sea grass restoration, wildlife habit improvement, and invasive species removal.
This type of volunteer trip, referred to as Alternative Spring Break because the students choose to do community service rather than go on vacation, has become a tradition at the University of Hartford. Previous destinations include Birmingham, Ala. and Wilmington, N.C.