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Ronald Porter
Acting Director of Service-Learning

Eckerd College
Office of Service-Learning
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711


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Service Learning

Kentucky: Spring Break '10


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Words cannot even describe the amount of fun and learning my group and I experienced when we drove the 13 hours from St. Pete to Mount Vernon, Kentucky for Spring Break 2010. Working with the Appalachia: Science in the Public Interest Organization allowed us to add a learning component to our service for the week. Together, the eleven of us picked up trash off the side of the road, planted trees on a reclaimed mountaintop coal mine, and helped repair hiking trails in the mountains, but we also did so much more. Deb Bledsoe, the leader of ASPI, a recent cancer survivor and environmental enthusiast, drove us around eastern Kentucky, showing us Mount Vernon's lack of a sanitation department, the clean freshwater stream that people still drink from, and the devastating effects of coal mining in the region.

Cold, sleep deprived and constantly hungry, my group never complained once as we cleaned up next to highways and down ravines, making the landscape even more beautiful for the residents of Mount Vernon than it is naturally. Not only did we help others, however, we also helped ourselves. I am truly proud to say that I brought a group of eleven individuals together, pushed them through labor-intensive work for a straight week, and we still came home the happiest, closest group you could ever find. Leading a trip to Kentucky certainly changed my life for the better, pushing my limits and showing me exactly what I am able to do, both physically and emotionally. I am delighted that the eleven of us were able to provide such an important service for our own country, all the while learning about ourselves in the process.

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Interested? Contact Paula Orandash for more info at (727) 577-1700.
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What are you and your friends doing to change the course of HIV in the Tampa Bay Region? By walking, donating or volunteering this year, you will help to provide much needed resouces to the AIDS Service Association of Pinellas (ASAP).
The 12th annual AIDS Walk Tampa Bay will be held at Vinoy Park in Downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday, September 6th. Registration starts at 8 a.m., and the walk starts at 10 a.m.

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