Alternative Break

Alternative Spring Break 2013

Naturally as spring break rolls around every year, our teaching fellows here at Lenoir-Rhyne University begin to itch with excitement about their alternative spring break. This year was no exception, full of service and fun that left a lasting impact. Our 2013 Alternative Spring Break was spent at Camp Dogwood in Sherrills Ford, NC during the weekend of March 15th through the March 17th. Camp Dogwood is a meeting and retreat center during the school year, and a summer camp for the blind and visually impaired during the summer months. Some of the teaching fellows sitting in the rocking chairs on the back deck of the dining hall. We took 16 students and 2 faculty members, Dr. Hank Weddington, and Dr. Kim Matthews, down to Camp Dogwood, located on Lake Norman, to do various service projects. With the guidance of the camp director Susan King, the students painted screened in porches, did some gardening at the front of the main office, and tightened screws on the bottom of chairs to make sure they were safe to sit in. The students stayed in the same quarters that any normal Camp Dogwood camper would stay in, and were even able to go out on Lake Norman in Dr. Matthews pontoon boat. Overall there were about 4 screened in porches that were painted, about 500 chairs the were tightened for safe seating, and at least 20 flowers planted. Not only did the gardening students plant flowers, but they put down new wood edging for the gardens as well. By the end of the weekend the teaching fellows had made quite a visual change for the campus of Camp Dogwood. Even with all the hard work the students still seemed relaxed by the beauty of Camp Dogwood. Sitting right on Lake Norman, there was a dock, a swimming area, birds, plants, and trees, that would take your breath away. Not to mention the beautiful weather that blessed the weekend with it's presence. Check out some of the pictures below to see what the students were up to!!

 

Just a few snapshots of our Alternative Spring Break 2013!

Dr. Hank and some of the teaching fellows painting a screening in porch.

This is an example of one of the screened in porches that the students were painting. This porch has already been taped off. There were a number of steps that went into painting these porches. Students had to tape of the porches, sand them with sandpaper to remove weathered imperfections and help the paint stick better, and wipe them down before they could paint. Once all the was complete, the painting began!

In the picture below we have 2 students who are working on the gardening in the front of the main check-in building. As you can see they have already put down the new wooden edging to the flower beds, and are working on planting flowers. The final product of looked great!

 

To the right are couple of the teaching fellows taping off one of the screened in porches preparing it to be ready to paint. Part of what made this entire weekend so great is that the students were able to see the immediate impact that they made on the campus of Camp Dogwood.

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