College students choose volunteer work instead of beaches for spring break

Published: Apr. 2, 2011 at 12:16 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 9, 2011 at 12:16 AM EDT
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By Rick Miller - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - University of Missouri students have the option of doing volunteer work during their spring break. The concept is called "alternative spring break", and is a student run program. This year, they have 17 trips around the country doing what they call, "service trips." One group picked Louisville, contacted the Metro United Way, and together they came up with the idea of painting a mural in Smoketown.

"We're working with Meyzeek Middle School students, who helped us do this, so we're really excited about that, kind of talking with them, having conversations about nutrition and healthy foods and how they can improve their live," said Evan Walker, a University of Missouri junior.

The middle-schoolers helped paint some of the mural earlier this week after one of the schools art teachers traced the image onto the building. The children are also going to come back and put hand prints on the project later on.

The colorful mural is painted on the side of the Smoketown Food Mart, depicting bright colors and healthy eating habits.

"It adds color to the neighborhood," said Julie Kader, who owns the store with her husband, "adds color to the store, plus it also puts out that message that we supply or sell fresh produce and vegetables in the store."

"It's adding life to the neighborhood, it's beautiful," said James Darden, a Louisville resident. "When I walk down the street I see a brightness to this place."

For the students missing their spring break, Connor Zuraski said. "I'm gonna have a lot more. Plenty more spring breaks ahead."

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