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Alternative School Break
Alternative School Break --ASB-- is a student group that participates in week long, substance free, service trips during Spring Break in March, and often during Winter Break in February as well. Students serve with local organizations in the community to which they travel, meeting community need and learning about the culture of the area and the people they serve. There's always time for some fun and sight-seeing as well! Students raise funds throughout the year to keep out-of-pocket costs as low as possible.
In 2011-2012, students traveled to Baltimore, Maryland in February, and served with a multi-faceted social service agency, and in March, they traveled around southern Maine and served in day-long projects closer to home .
Watch for interest meetings in Fall 2012, and sign up early -- Trips fill quickly! contact Ali Godbout, student ASB leader (email@example.com) or Molly DeCleene in our office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Parkside is Community Partner of the Year
Rachel Horton White, Director of Parkside Neighborhood Center, was honored as USM's Community Partner of the Year at the Student Involvement Awards Gala on May 3rd. With a long history of partnership, including its inception through a grant written by USM faculty member Dr. Kim Moody, Parkside provides service learning and internship opportunities for USM students from nursing, social work, education, and more. Parkside's Night Light after school program is staffed in large part by USM students, and the King-Parkside After School Collaborative (KPAC) was begun as a project by USM graduate student Sherry Whittemore. Rachel Horton White works actively with faculty and students to support their service and learning at Parkside. The USM office of Community Service Learning is pleased to thank and honor Rachel Horton White and the Parkside Neighborhood Center as our Community Partner of the Year!