Alternative Spring Break Highlights

Some Ramapo students were selected to take part in service trips in the United State and abroad over spring break. Students travelled to Arkansas, Massachusetts, New Orleans, North Carolina, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic. Students visited Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas to work on an on-site farm to become educated on current sustainability techniques and participate in global poverty learning activities. Another group experienced poverty first-hand at Heifer Project’s Overlook Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts. Others traveled to Asheville, North Carolina to work with Habitat for Humanity, an organization that builds homes for low-income families. In New Orleans, Louisiana, students worked with to help restore the area in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward. They worked on re-building houses, clearing shrubbery and tending to a community garden. Students also teamed up with the DREAM Project to assist in providing a quality education to poor K-12 students in Caberete, Dominican Republic. The group who traveled the farthest over spring break went to Aranjuez, Costa Rica to work with El Manantial Macaw sanctuary where they helped with activities including feeding animals and cleaning cages. 

Compiled by Valerie Torrizo