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8B - The Michigan Daily - Weekend, etc. Magazine -- Thursday, March 25, 1999


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Send 11 students from the School of Art and Design
to Miami to work with children and amazing things
happen. This year, Project Serve added a special
School of Art and Design site to their already impres-
sive list of Alternative Spring Break locations across
the country.
Student volunteers raised funds and gathered donat-
ed art supplies for the Notre Dame School and Day
Care for children of low-income
families and Haitian refugees.
"The School is funded byS
the Head Start Program,"
sophomore site leader
Rachel Feerman said.
"Which gives these kids
an incredible opportunity
for education and growth
that they wouldn't nor-
mally have."

Students assisted teachers in each classroom and
organized art projects and after school activities.
"Most of the kids were around five- or six-years-old,
but some were as young as two and three," sophomore
Molly Jo Sloat said. "We fell in love with them the
minute we stepped into the classroom."
Emotional bonds grew throughout the week, and the
volunteers arrived back home with many pleasant
memories of the Alternative Spring Break experience.
"It's so encouraging to see these kids learn-
ing and interacting in such a creative
environment," Fife said. "It's such an
affirming space. It was really beautiful
to be able to be a part of it." For more
information on Alternative Spring
Break or other service opportunities,
contact the Project Serve office by
phone at 936-2437, or by e-mail at

Clockwise from top left: six-year-
old Francilla watches her mother
leave after being dropped off at
the Nore Dame SchooL Ruth and
Whitney work intently on an after-
school drawing. Kids wait (not so
patiently) in a bus, to go home
after schooL Ben Fife, a sopho-
more and an ASB site Ieader.
helps a group of dy-care children
get ready for a painting project.
The Miami weather is so pleasant
that the students spend at least
half of their school day outdoors.
Sophomore Andi Maio shows
some children how to use her
camera. Lovena,. Shanyce and
Jennifer pose in their cubbies dur-
ing snack time.
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