For the past several years, hundreds of Kent State University students have participated in alternative
spring break trips. This year, the University is sponsoring four trips designed to offer students an
opportunity to provide assistance and service to those in need and to learn more about the people and
places in which they will serve.
The March 2010 trips include:
Washington, DC, March 27 – April 2
Spencer, West Virginia, March 27 – April 2
Buffalo, New York, March 28 – April 2
Columbiana County, March 28 – April 2
Students participating in the trip to the Appalachian region will have an opportunity to explore the
issues of mountain-top removal and learn more about the people and culture of the region. Students
participating in the Washington, D.C. experience will stay in a federally -funded homeless shelter in
the shadows of Capitol Hill, serve AIDS patients, participate in environmental projects and
experience life in a domestic violence shelter. Students will also have an opportunity to explore
government policy and interact with decision-makers and those affected. Other students will engage
with Native Americans living in Erie and Niagara Counties in New York state. While there, students
will learn about the experiences and cultures of five native tribes and work with agencies that provide
service to them. And finally, some students will stay close to home and live and serve in Columbiana
County, home Kent State’s East Liverpool and Salem regional campuses.
I have chosen to participate in the _______________ program. The program cost is _______for me
to attend and that cost includes transportation, meals, and lodging for the week.
Our mission will be to offer service to those in need but more importantly to better understand those
we serve and learn new and exciting things – things that cannot be learned from a text book. Kent
State University is offering students an opportunity to participate in an alternative activity through
volunteering and promoting cultural awareness. It is a way for all of us to break from the
stereotypical partying that often occurs on spring breaks and to engage in a meaningful learning and
I am writing to you to ask for your help. Any financial contribution (large or small) will be greatly
appreciated, more information about the spring break trips can be found at our website: _________
and I would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Following the trip, I will send a letter
to you to make you aware of what I learned and how I made a difference in the lives of others. I will
also share with you how others made a difference in my life.
Thank you for your support. Any donation you are able to make should be sent to Office of the Vice
President, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, 250 Kent Student Center, Kent State
University, Kent, Ohio 44242 and checks should be made payable to Kent State University/
Alternative Spring Break.
(STUDENT SIGN YOUR NAME)
Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms. (NAME OF DONOR),
Thank you for your very kind gift of ($...NSERT DOLLAR AMOUNT) towards my 2010 spring
break trip Service Learning in the 21st Century (INSERT LOCATION: ) with Kent State University.
Your kindness helped to provide me with a meaningful learning experience and the opportunity to
support our fellow neighbors in need of a helping hand.
(ADD ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT YOU PLAN TO DO ON THE TRIP
AND/OR HOW YOU WILL CONTACT THE DONOR AFTER THE TRIP IS COMPLETED TO
UPDATE THEM ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE)
Thank you again for your kindness and generosity.
(Student Sign Name Here)
(Student Type Name Here)