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#EKUServes: Alternative Winter Break a Success for EKU Students and Grand Isle, LA Nature Conservancy

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From January 7-13, 2018, EKU students gave up part of thier winter break to give back with the Nature Conservancy in Grand Isle, LA. Students from a variety of majors had the opportunity to serve over over 330 hours, working to help a community and better themselves. 

The group helped Jean Landry, the local Nature Conservancy contact, to rebuild fencing to keep ATVs out of the protected forest and construct conrete posts posts to prevent further damage from large trucks. They also had the chance to paticipate in a beach clean up with the Lousiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). The group finished the trip with a presentation to the Grand Isle School's 6th/7th Grade about Kentucky's economy, history, and environmental issues. 

In addition to community service, the students had the opportunity to learn more about the local community. While on the trip, students got to visit local businesses, and interact with professionals at the LDWF marine life research lab. Finally, the group to a chance to visit the neighboring city of New Orleans to learn more about the area's culture and the issues they face.

While on the trip, students also got to meet with EKU Alumnus Mark Osborne, who donated shirts to the students. 

Kaitlin Kyle, a Social Work Major from Richmond, KY, said, "I was blessed with the opportunity to go to the small town of Grand Isle, Louisiana to do service work. Learning about the environmental and economical issues they face (from such a sweet lady) while exploring the community with awesome people was the best of ways to spend my last week of winter break! If you are given the opportunity to go on an EKU alternative break, I highly encourage you to take advantage of the wonderful chance to give back.”

Dylan Bogard, Coordinator for Community Service and the Colonel's Cupboard, noted, "The Alternative Break Program allows students to build bonds with other students, connect with a new community, and gain skills that will stand out in future job applications. Though all of the students on the trip had varying majors, they all were able to make a difference and gain experience that would help them later in life." 

Learn more about the upocoming Serivce in Action Alternative Spring Break Trips by clicking HERE


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Published on January 22, 2018

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