Seven Clayton State University students recently participated in an Alternative Spring Break trip to Jamaica. The Department of Student Affairs Director of Special Projects and Grants Deborah Greer-Dupree and the students not only served the people of Jamaica, but they also ended up with a feature on the local television station on several occasions during their week-long stay.
The students taking part in the program were; Jasmine Blalock of Atlanta, Nneka Illonah of Lithonia, Ga., Confidence Mpia of St. Louis, Via Nigeria and Kamille Rigsby of Stockbridge, Ga., Brittany Tokurah of Fayetteville, Ga., and Ashley Williams of McDonough, Ga. The students had the opportunity to teach in the classroom and assist in building an additional classroom for a local school, immerse themselves completely in the cuisine and customs of the native people, and lastly gain newsworthy exposure on the Jamaican news outlet, Television Jamaica.
The Alternative Spring Break-Jamaica was located in Dean’s Valley, an area near Peters Field, Jamaica, in the Westmoreland Township, where sugar cane is the region’s major economic source. The students were able to tour the local sugar cane factory and view the process of sugar’s journey from the field to the table.
The students also participated in the construction of a home for a destitute Westmoreland man as a continued contribution to the township’s renewal. The Township of Westmoreland has since been a place of growth and draws students from various universities throughout the U.S. to rebuild its infrastructure and volunteer amongst its community programs, which are derived to further the positive progression of the area.
To view Clayton students and other students from around the country in the news story, go to http://televisionjamaica.com/vd-6544-MIDDAYNEWS-MARCH0820.aspx. To see the Clayton State students who participated in the volunteer opportunity and the activities they were involved in fast forward to the 11:30 mark.
For more information of Clayton State’s Alternative Spring Break Programs visit the Department of Campus Life website at http://adminservices.clayton.edu/campuslife/asb.htm.