ASB 2015 – 24 students and 4 advisors traveled to Dallas, TX for Alternative Spring Break or ASB. Planning for this trip began as early as June and the Reality Check Executive Board put forth a great deal of effort. When looking for a location, we had two basic requirements: One being to work with an outstanding non-profit organization and the second, to find weather better than Erie. Obviously the second requirement was not that hard to achieve… We settled on working with C2K in the inner city of Dallas. The 24 students that attended had to go through an application process, in which the Reality Check Executive Board selected members based on their passion for service. This year’s group was definitely deserving of the experience and everyone had a fantastic time!
Once we touched down in Dallas, we hit the ground running. Our first day there was filled with cultural experience, including a trip to the JFK Museum and the Fort Worth Stockyards. Throughout the week, we worked at the Cockrell Hill United Methodist Church. Some projects included painting and fixing lighting in the sanctuary, restriping the parking lot, and starting work on converting the home next door into a youth center. While working each day, the group formed stronger friendships then when we first arrived. This, personally, is one of my favorite parts of ASB. After each day the group would come together in order to reflect on the impact that we made in the community. Overall, ASB 2015 was a success!!
– Amanda Wiley, Class of 2015