Drake Alternative Spring Break

Ah, spring break. We all know the drill: the sun, the sand, the relaxation, the construction equipment, the muscle soreness, the bulk pasta dinners. It’s a classic tale, really.

This past week I had the amazing opportunity to lead a group of 15 Drake students on an alternative spring break trip to Cherry Grove, West Virginia. We worked with Habitat for Humanity to build and rehab homes in the rural, eastern West Virginia communities. It was a beautiful setting, and an even more beautiful experience for myself and the other students on the trip. We learned not only how to put on a roof and hang drywall, but also what it means to stand in solidarity with another community and experience a culture different from our own.

I’m so proud of all the Drake students who stepped out of their comfort zones on this trip. We grew and learned together and really did have an incredible, fun spring break. It’s hard to reduce our experience to just a few photos, but check out a sampling of our work (and fun) in the gallery below:

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