Campus: San Francisco State University -- March 17, 2003
SFSU Students To Spend Spring Break Volunteering
Students to clean Justin Herman Plaza, lead social activities with
children, seniors March 17-21
While many college students will enjoy spring break as a time to relax
and travel, about 30 San Francisco State University students will spend
their weeklong vacation volunteering in the community by cleaning a
park, leading trust and leadership-building games with children and
teenagers, and leading social activities with senior citizens between
Monday, March 17, and Friday, March 21.
Students in a class dubbed “Care Break” offered in SFSU’s
Recreation and Leisure Studies Department, along with additional student
volunteers, will restore, clean, donate and tutor throughout San Francisco
and Daly City.
“I want to give my time to somebody else, somebody who needs the
use of my time more than I do,” said Care Break student Erika
Leon-Guerrero, a 19-year-old freshman. “All that partying is really
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 volunteer 40 hours
during spring break.
“We’re trying to bridge the gap between academics and the
real world,” said Erik Rosegard, Care Break instructor and assistant
professor of recreation and leisure studies. “Students are building
a strong sense of community and learning firsthand the concepts we discuss
It is the second 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 last year 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 17: Toy drive for terminally ill children. Location:
San Francisco General Hospital Pediatric Unit.
- Tuesday, March 18: Cleanup of Justin Herman Plaza. Location: Justin
Herman Plaza, Clay Street and The Embarcadero, San Francisco. 10 a.m.
– 4 p.m.
- Wednesday, March 19: SFSU students facilitate games that build
trust, leadership and problem-solving skills with students from Phillip
and Sala Burton Academic High School. Location: Speedway Meadow, John
F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. 10 a.m. –
- Thursday, March 20: SFSU students facilitate emotional, physical,
intellectual and social activities with residents at Hampton Court,
an assisted living senior center. Location: Hampton Court, 995 East
Marleet St., Daly City. 10 a.m. – noon and 1 – 5 p.m.
- Friday, March 21: A range of volunteer activities with children
and teachers at Sunnyside Elementary School, including tutoring, games
and classroom maintenance. Location: 250 Foerster St., San Francisco.
9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 2 p.m.
NOTE: Erik Rosegard, assistant professor of recreation
and leisure studies, can be reached at (415) 405-0911 (office) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Matt Itelson (415) 338-1743; (415) 338-1665; email@example.com