Students get involved in the community during Spring Staycation

Contact: Cara Barnes
Photo of a student volunteer and community member.

This year's Spring Staycation runs March 3-7.

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 3-7, 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. Students in previous years have learned about mental illness, homelessness and bullying, and have participated in associated service activities each afternoon of the program.

2014 Staycation topics

  • Monday, March 3: Teen violence
  • Tuesday, March 4: Health equity
  • Wednesday, March 5: Autism spectrum
  • Thursday, March 6: Mental illness
  • Friday, March 7: 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 Ashley Braatz, coordinator of service learning, at (269) 387-4455 or