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January 15-21, 2012

Students:  Stephanie Allen, Ayana Chappell, Julie Clementson, Hayley Diener, Neall Flynn, Trevor Hubbard, Leslie Kelly, Adam Leatherman, Claire Paul, and Kimberly Swartz

Advisors:  Rick Leith and Laura Sessions

For the Center for Service Learning's 2012 Alternative Winter Break, students traveled to Memphis, Tennessee to volunteer St. Jude's Ronald McDonald House and Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.  As a special kick-off to the trip, the Alternative Break participants were able to visit the National Civil Rights Museum on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  The museum is built in the spot where Dr. King was assassinated.  As a tribute to Dr. King, our group dedicated their week to serving others.

Ronald McDonald House is a "home-away-from-home" for families who are in Memphis while their child is receiving treatment for cancer or another serious illness at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.  At St. Jude's Ronald McDonald House, the Alternative Break participants hosted a game night for the families of patients who were staying there.

Le Bonheur Children's Hospital features expert physicians and staff, state-of-the-art technology and family-friendly resources.  Families travel from across the country to seek the medical care provided there.  The hospital treats more than 135,000 children each year, the majority of whom are under the age of five.  The Alternative Break participants provided activities for the patients on nursing floors, assisted Child Life in the creative arts room, sat with patients at their bedside as Bedside Buddies, and held babies as Baby Huggers.

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Group Photo Outside the National Civil Rights Museum

The group outside the National Civil Rights Museum on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

  Outside LeBonheur

Outside of Le Bonheur Children's Hospital

Group with Assembled Goody Bags

Rick Leith & Julie Clementson Assembled Goody Bags for Patients

Le Bonheur Lobby Art

The participants gather next to a sculpture in the lobby.  Le Bonheur is filled with fun art to create a lively environment for the patients and their families.

Student Working the Pottery Wheel

Adam Leatherman assists a young girl on the pottery wheel during activities time at the church where the group stayed.

Arts Cart

Hayley Diener takes the supplies cart to work with patients on art projects.

Group at Le Bonheur

The group models their Alternative Break t-shirts.

The 2012 winter break trip was a wonderful experience.  Our thanks to the dedicated students and advisors who participated!