Honors College students serve during ‘alternative spring break’

A group of UW-Milwaukee Honors College students decided to forgo beaches and tans in favor of an “alternative spring break” in New Orleans. During their six days in the city, the students worked on community service projects and learned about the city’s history and culture.

The group worked on a community garden in the city’s Lower Ninth Ward, an area that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. They also painted and refurbished a charter school’s fitness room.

“We could see how special the work we were doing was to other people,” said Emma Cowen, a UWM sophomore who went on the trip. “It felt like we had the power to make change in a community that isn’t getting a lot of attention.”