Local Resident Spends Spring Break In Arizona Working With American Indian Children

MADISON—Elizabeth resident Olga Fridman, a sophmore at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham in Madison, spent eight days in Arizona, where she worked with children of the Navajo Nation as part of FDU’s Alternative Break service project program. At FDU, Fridman is enrolled in the finance program.

Twenty students and two FDU administrators went to the economically depressed Navajo Nation community in Tuba City, Arizona, located near Grand Canyon National Park. The group volunteered with the Navajo children through Tuba City’s chapter of the Boys & Girls Club. Fridman and the others worked with the children, providing safe games and activities for them, while at the same time learning from each other about their different cultures. The trip lasted from March 13 – March 20.


“I think I had the largest hands-on history and cultural lesson of my life,” said Fridman about her experiences on the trip. “I gained a lot more than I expected and I never imagined that I would have the opportunity to experience such a fascinating culture.”

Due to the success of last year’s alternative spring break (where FDU sent 22 students to New Orleans), the FDU Student Government Association expanded the program to include three trips this year: one over winter break in Costa Rica and two over spring break, with one going back to New Orleans and one going to Arizona.

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