Campus: San Francisco State University -- March 22, 2004
SFSU Students To Spend Spring Break Volunteering
Throughout Bay Area
Students to make art with seniors, lead kids on Marin bike ride,
remove invasive habitat in S.F.
A group of 15 to 20 San Francisco State University students will forgo
opportunities to travel, relax and party during spring break to participate
in various volunteer activities throughout the Bay Area.
From Monday, March 22, to Friday, March 26, students in a Recreation
and Leisure Studies class dubbed "Care Break" will spend each
day participating in a different volunteer activity, from making arts
and crafts with seniors at Alameda Hospital to removing non-native habitat
at Lake Merced in San Francisco and leading at-risk fifth and sixth
graders on a bicycle ride in Marin County.
”This is an opportunity to help the community during a time of
budget cuts and setbacks," said Kelly Klein, a 23-year-old junior
who lives in San Leandro. "It allows me to get my feet wet in community
service and promote a healthy, active lifestyle to children."
The Care Break class aims to introduce students to volunteerism, civic
engagement, community leadership and advocacy through community service
learning experiences. Each student is required to participate full time
during spring break.
”Education is more than preparing students for careers; it is
a process of creating critical thinkers and informed decision makers,"
said Erik Rosegard, Care Break instructor and assistant professor of
recreation and leisure studies. "Students taking time to give back
to their community are creating community and being an active member
with an investment in strengthening that community."
This is the third year that SFSU is offering Care Break, joining a growing
number of colleges and universities nationwide that provide opportunities
for community service work during spring break as an alternative to
partying. "A Matter of Degree," a program administered by
the American Medical Association, began in 2002 to encourage colleges
and universities to curb binge drinking and offer drug- and alcohol-free
activities for students during spring break and throughout the year.
Care Break's schedule for the week is as follows:
Monday, March 22: Arts and crafts with senior citizens in the pulmonary
subunit of Alameda Hospital, 2070 Clinton Ave. in Alameda, in partnership
with San Francisco-based nonprofit Arts for Elders. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, March 23: Therapeutic social interaction and activities with
residents of Mission Villa, an assisted living center located at 995
East Market St. in Daly City. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, March 24: Habitat restoration at Lake Merced, in partnership
with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. The group will
remove non-native, invasive habitat from the area and learn about environmental
issues involving the lake. The group will be near the Bufano Statue
parking lot, located on Lake Merced Boulevard just south of Brotherhood
Way. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, March 25: Bicycling in China Camp with 19 at-risk fifth- and
sixth-grade children from Sausalitos Willow Creek Academy, in partnership
with Trips for Kids, a Marin-based nonprofit. The group meets at the
China Camp trailhead, located less than 5 miles east of the San Pedro
Road exit from Highway 101 in San Rafael. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Contact: Matt Itelson (415) 338-1743; (415) 338-1665;