Students Choose Alternative to Spring Break

BEAUMONT, March 8, 2013 - While most college students plan to hit the beach or the slopes for their weeklong spring break, twelve young adults from Grand Rapids, Michigan have traveled to the coast to trade relaxing in the sunshine for painting, landscaping and cleaning for Family Services of Southeast Texas.

The students are part of Grand Valley Michigan State University’s Alternative Spring Break program, which encourages students and faculty to get involved in quality service opportunities, education about social issues and exposure to diverse cultures and communities. The ten women and two men who have made the trip to Southeast Texas will be painting rooms, moving furniture and cleaning at Family Services Women and Children’s Shelter and doing landscaping work and helping with administrative tasks at Family Services Counseling Center.

The students believe that citizens should hold community as a priority in their lives by giving back to and participating in different communities across the world. Janet Walker, Executive Director at Family Services, is thankful that these young people have chosen to get involved. “Every year Family Services strengthens thousands of families in Southeast Texas. We could not accomplish all that we do without the support of others like these volunteers.”
For more information about the Alternative Spring Break program, visit or to learn more about Family Services of Southeast Texas visit

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