January 07, 2013
Communications and Marketing
During winter break, 76 Saint Anselm College students will participate in five student-led mission trips to various locations in the United States and abroad.
Leaving on January 4 and 5, the students traveled to Austin, Texas, New Orleans, La., Washington, DC, Camden, N.J., and the Dominican Republic, where they will spend the week focusing on service and community. During these trips students build and renovate homes, tutor children, serve in soup kitchens, as well as visit families and individuals in the community.
This year's Winter Break Alternative includes for the first time, an Education-specific trip with 14 Saint Anselm students studying to be teachers, chair of the Education Department and Professor, Laura Wasielewski as well as Fr. Anselm Smedile, O.S.B. The group is working with Saint Anselm Alumnus, James Melone, of the class of 2005, who is head of the middle school at Saint Gabriel's Catholic School in Austin, Texas. Wasielewski will teach two to three workshops on ADHD to the school's teachers. The Saint Anselm students will support the schools however they are needed.
Wasielewski says the trip is another way for education students to have a variety of experiences in the classroom. In the future she hopes to expand both nationally and globally to diversify visits.
"The Service & Solidarity Missions program, now in its 23rd year, provides its participants not only with the opportunity to serve others but also with an experience that further develops lessons learned in the classroom," says Director of Campus Ministry, Susan Gabert.