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Summit College Student on "Alternative Spring Break"

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John A. McCaffery, far right, with other Hamilton College Alternative Spring Break participants volunteering at a Habitat for Humanity site.
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SUMMIT, NJ -  John A. McCaffery of Summit is one of 100 Hamilton College students participating in the college's 21st Annual Alternative Spring Break (ASB).

Alternative Spring Break is intended to increase students' awareness and concern of social issues, while generating a life-long interest in community service.

This year, Hamilton ASB is sending students to Highland Park, NJ, for Hurricane Sandy relief, Cumberland Trails, TN, Habitat for Humanity sites in West Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina, and an after school program in North Carolina.  In total, volunteer efforts will be performed in 10 locations throughout the South during Hamilton's spring break.

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The Hamilton Alternative Spring Break program began in 1993 when 20 students traveled to Miami to work on Hurricane Andrew relief with Habitat for Humanity.  The following year, the number of students doubled, and each year since the number of participants has increased.  Participants in the ASB trips hold a number of fundraisers throughout the academic year to earn money for their expenses, which include van rentals, accommodations, meals and in some cases, site fees.

Hamilton College is a residential, four-year liberal arts institution in Clinton, NY.  McCaffery, the son of Coleen and David McCaffery of Summit, is a graduate of The Pingry School.

 

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