By Michael Meinen
Spring break is usually a time of relaxation and reflection on past semesters.
But the office of student life is offering an opportunity for students to gain community service experience while having fun.
Student life is hosting alternative spring break in Bastrop from March 12-14. The event is sponsored by the college’s center for civic engagement.
Students participating in the alternative spring break will be able to help the citizens who are still recovering from devastating wildfires of 2011, the worst in Texas history.
The first 12 students to apply can attend. However, that number may change based on the ratio of male and female students attending. “We can only fit three people in a room,” said Emily Kahanek, interim director of student life.
Students applying must not be on academic probation or other discipline of any kind. Students will work with BastropRelief.org from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. March 12 and 13.
Students will then lodge at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort. The resort features hiking trails, canoeing, swimming, stargazing and other activities. For more information, visit www.lostpines.hyatt.com.
Lodging and transportation costs will be covered, but students must bring a $50 deposit.
Kahanek said, “Last year, we had several students apply for attending, but at the last minute, they changed their minds, and while we had a waiting list of other people hoping to go, we were unable to fill the spaces.”
She said she hopes that the deposit will help encourage students to attend.
Students who attend will receive their deposit during the trip “and that will help pay for food and other activities,” Kahanek said.
Students are encouraged to bring work clothes “that students don’t mind getting dirty or ripped,” she said. Students should also bring tennis shoes, sunscreen, a hat and “a good attitude,” she said.
Apply to be a part of the group at: https//orgsync.com/25432/forms/69074.
For more information, call Kahanek at 210-486-0127.