Spring Staycation offers opportunities for community involvement

contact: Cara Barnes
| WMU News
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Activity during the 2011 Spring Staycation

KALAMAZOO—Western Michigan University students seeking a low-cost, meaningful spring break experience are encouraged to participate in Spring Staycation, an introduction to service learning in the community, to be held during the week of spring recess, March 4-8, 2013, in Kalamazoo.

Now in its second year, Spring Staycation is a five-day project focused on raising awareness and serving the greater Kalamazoo community. There is no cost to participate and a free breakfast and lunch is provided daily. 

Each day participants will consider a thematic topic or social issue. Last year, students learned about mental illness, homelessness, bullying and more, and participated in associated service activities each afternoon. The group served a variety of organizations, including Ministry with Community, Parent 2 Parent and the Togetherness Group.

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2011 Spring Staycation participants

2013 Staycation topics

  • Monday, March 4: Sensory disorders 
  • Tuesday, March 5: Health inequities
  • Wednesday, March 6: Mental illness
  • Thursday, March 7: Teen violence
  • Friday, March 8: Reflecting on service

Spring Staycation is sponsored by the Office of Service Learning, Office of Diversity and Inclusion and First Year Experience Programs.

For more information or to register for the event, contact Erika David, coordinator of service learning, at (269) 387-4455 or csl-info@wmich.edu