College group spends Spring Break volunteering with Sea Island Coalition

March 5, 2003

A group of students and staff members from Maryville College (Maryville, Tenn.) are making plans to do something a little different this spring break. Through the College’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program, the group will spend the week of March 15-22 volunteering with the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition.

Activities on St. Helena Island are expected to include providing tutorial assistance at a middle school and working on environmental clean-up and preservation projects.

Begun in 1996, Alternative Spring Break, or “ASB” as students refer to it, has become a tradition among Maryville College students. ASB and Alternative Fall Break are unique service opportunities for students, faculty and staff and are intended to provide learning experiences for students while strengthening the communities in which they volunteer.

WHO: 17 students and 4 staff members from Maryville College.

WHAT: Maryville College ASB service trip to Beaufort and St. Helena Island, S.C. Coordinated through the Sea Island Coalition, volunteer projects are expected to range from tutoring children to environmental clean-up to preservation/restoration of buildings.

WHEN: March 15-22.

WHERE: The Boys and Girls Club of Beaufort, S.C., will host student volunteers during their stay. During the stay, the college students are expected to be at various locations on St. Helena Island.

WHY: According to ASB student leader and MC senior Rebecca Garvin, Alternative Spring Break promotes community service and fulfillment through helping others. Additionally, Garvin sees this year’s trip as an opportunity to learn first-hand about the Gullah people: “This trip has such a unique cultural aspect,” said Garvin.

PHOTO/VIDEO OP: Specific service/volunteer activities are subject to change. However, information about media opportunities may be obtained by contacting the group directly, March 15-22.

CONTACT: To contact the MC students during the week of their volunteering, call the Boys and Girls Club of Beaufort, S.C., or Rebecca Garvin, 865.405.5429 (cell).

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.