Pictured are (from left) Hayley LaMarche, Lisa Kucharski, Camille Kent, Kelsey Henry, Carina Gomez, Calli Marando, Shelby Switzer, Alexandra Nau, Julia Tuhacek, Renee Hetrick, Stephanie Malm, Elizabeth Vincento and Shazlin Shaharduin and (back row, from left) John Stott, Matthew Creasy of the University Student Centers staff and C.J. Burke.

Spring break service

Blue Hen Leadership Program students work with Habitat for Humanity

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10:01 a.m., April 9, 2013--The Blue Hen Leadership Program, the University of Delaware’s multi-tiered student leadership development program sponsored by the University Student Centers, completed its first alternate spring break trip March 25-29.

Fifteen BHLP students and one University Student Centers staff member traveled to New Bern, N.C., to help Habitat for Humanity build a home for a family in need.

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The Blue Hen Leadership Program, the three-tiered student leadership certification program sponsored by the University Student Centers, completed its second annual alternate spring break trip March 31-April 5.

The group completed 450 hours of service over a four-day period. Participants hung drywall in every room of the three-bedroom, two-bath house and constructed the frame, walls and roof of a shed.

Students were asked to reflect daily on their experiences and articulate what they had learned throughout the trip:

"This experience is one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had,” Renee Hetrick said. “I have always wanted to do something to change the world or impact someone's life in a positive way and I am finally doing that."

Calli Marando said, "These past days went by so fast and I will never forget the people in this town that I have met, the conversations I've had, the friendships I've made, and the experiences I've learned from."

"Going to sleep exhausted every night feels great when you know that it is because you have impacted someone's life for good," Carina Gomez said.

"Looking back at the week, I realized how every single day was amazing,” said C.J. Burke. “I would not change anything. It makes me sad to know the week is over, but the relationships I have made on this trip will definitely stay strong." 

"Overall, this trip was a truly amazing experience. I was able to help others, give back, gain new friends, and learn about myself," said Alexandra Nau.

The University Student Centers’ Leadership Development Office programs a variety of community service opportunities within BHLP throughout the academic year, and hopes to make the alternate spring break an annual offering.

For more information about the BHLP, visit the website.

Article by Casey Impagliazzo

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