Jan. 12, 2010
While other students at Shawnee State University went on a vacation during Winter Break, nine students decided to do volunteer work on an Alternative Winter Break at the Coastal Empire's Habitat for Humanity in Savannah, Ga.
Led by Nikki Karabinis, coordinator for SSU's Center for Community Service, who coordinated the trip, each student completed 15 hours of service and two students volunteered five hours with America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, a food bank in Savannah.
While in Savannah, the students did get some site-seeing in going on a private bus tour of historic Savannah, a private ghost tour, private dolphin tour and a private tour of the Tybee Island Lighthouse. They toured Fort Pulaski, saw a musket shooting demonstration, toured the Owens-Thomas House and had a private tour of the antebellum slave market.
Each student researched a topic related to the trip before going and presented it during the trip. At the end of the trip, students wrote a cumulative reflection paper about their experience.