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Host Families Needed for Spring Break Students

Sue Reeves

01/16/2015

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Students take apart a power wheelchair
Two spring break students strip down a donated power chair at CReATE in this file photo.

For the fourth year in a row, students from St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota will spend their spring break participating in service learning projects at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities. The students will arrive at the CPD on Sunday, March 1 and will leave on Saturday, March 7.

“We need a total of five host families for the ‘Bennies’ and ‘Johnnies,’” said CPD volunteer coordinator Jeff Sheen. “It gives the students a much more robust experience, to be able to go home with the host families in the evenings and talk about what they’ve seen and done that day, and how it relates to the CPD and disability.”

Host families are asked to provide accommodations for 2-3 students, as well as a light breakfast in the morning and a few evening meals.

In the past, SJSB students have gone skiing with Common Ground, bowling with TOP Sports, spent a day at the CReATE warehouse in Salt Lake City refurbishing mobility equipment, played games with DSL participants, had a pizza party with Aggie Advocate club members and worked with local elementary school children with disabilities at the university’s art museum.

Interested host families should contact Sheen at 797-8113 as soon as possible.

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