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CSUSB Students Spend Spring Break Helping Others

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BIG BEAR – Big Bear was the spring break getaway site for a group of Cal State San Bernardino students, but rather than being “party central,” it was to help residents of the mountain communities.

About 25 students on Alternative Spring Break helped clean up the grounds, restock a food pantry and prepare food for a Thursday night dinner at the United Methodist Church in Big Bear, said Bryant Fairly, service learning coordinator for the CSUSB Community-University Partnerships.

The volunteer work supports the local community by helping the church expand its food storage capacity to assist the poor, Fairley said. This past Friday, the students planted trees in areas of the Holcomb Valley that was burned in the 2007 fires, Fairley said.

The program is sponsored by the university’s Associated Students Inc., Outdoor Recreational Sports, Student Leadership and Development, the Community-University Partnerships and the United States Department of Agriculture Hispanic Serving Institutions National Program.

The Community-University Partnerships is a campus-wide initiative to build and advance partnerships in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The CUP provides facilitation and support of community partnership development, faculty fellowships to support service learning courses, and faculty mini-grants to support community-based participatory research.

For more information about CUP programs or for information on how to create community-university partnerships, contact Diane Podolske at dpodolsk@csusb.edu or Bryant Fairley at bfairley@csusb.edu.

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