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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Jan. 19, 2012

Alternative Spring Break hosting spaghetti dinner Jan. 29

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Students affiliated with Alternative Spring Break, a Northwest Missouri State University organization that involves students in service-learning opportunities, invite the public to a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for its upcoming service-learning trip to South Carolina.

The dinner is 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom. Serving will begin about 6 p.m., following a presentation about Alternative Spring Break.

Tickets are $5. The meal, provided by Northwest Campus Dining, will include a salad bar, spaghetti and breadsticks. To purchase tickets, contact Alternative Spring Break Fundraising Chair Ashley Herring at

“The main goal is to inform students about Alternative Spring Break, so they know it’s an option for them to get involved in volunteering, but we also want to strengthen our community ties,” Herring said. “We want to get the word out about our organization and let people know who we are.”

Alternative Spring Break annually gives Northwest students an opportunity to participate in a week of service-learning and volunteering in a different environment. The mission of the organization is to progressively improve the experience of true service-learning for Northwest students and successfully incorporate classroom learning in real world situations. 

The organization is traveling to Greenville, S.C., March 17-23, and plans to work with various service organizations in that area, including Frazee Dream Center, which provides afterschool and summer programing for at-risk youth, and Diligent Hands Gracious Hearts, which provides assistance to elderly, poor and handicapped residents. The group also plans to work at a food pantry and soup kitchen.

About 30 Northwest students are signed up to participate in this year’s service project, which is funded by student-initiated fundraisers such as the spaghetti dinner. The organization plans to host a bake sale Feb. 8-10 in the Garret-Strong Science Building and Colden Hall on the Northwest campus.

Founded in 2006, Alternative Spring Break focuses on projects involving environmental and disaster relief, Habitat for Humanity and humanitarianism. Northwest students previously provided disaster relief after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, La., and partnered with Give Kids the World to help children with life-threatening illnesses in Kissimmee, Fla. The organization's 2010 trip to the Dominican Republic to work with Orphanage Outreach was the organization's first outside the United States. Last year, the group partnered with Community Collaborations International in Niceville, Fla., and participated in several community-based projects associated with restoring the coastal ecosystem affected by the 2010 Gulf Coast oil spill.

For more information, contact Amy Nally, Northwest's director of volunteer, service learning and civic engagement, at 660.562.1954 or

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468