Rahway Resident Spends Spring Break On Service Project

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MADISON— Rahway resident Auston Gabriel, a sophomore at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham in Madison, spent eight days in New Orleans, as part of FDU’s Alternative Break service project program. At FDU, he is enrolled in the biology program.

Fifteen students and one FDU administrator went to New Orleans, L.A. to help part of the New Orleans community who still need assistance rebuilding after the devastation wreaked by 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Working in the Lower 7th Ward, Gabriel and the rest of the group painted the interior of a charter school as well as built an educational garden that the charter school students can learn about gardening with. The group also tutored students in math and English in preparation for an upcoming exam. The trip lasted from March 14 – March 21.

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“This trip was an amazing experience,” said Gabriel. “What I learned from this trip is that this world needs people who are willing to devote their time and energy into doing something for people who really need the help. I feel as though whenever something tragic happens such as this, we can’t hesitate to step up and help those who were affected. I plan to continue going on these alternative break service trips until I graduate.”

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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