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Berks students choose service for spring break

The Penn State Berks Christian Student Fellowship, a student group, will be heading to Miami, Florida for spring break. But these students are not going for fun in the sun; rather, they will be volunteering with the Miami Rescue Mission, a homeless shelter and soup kitchen.

Organized by Pastor David Hershey, adviser to the Berks student group and member of the Christian Student Foundation of Pennsylvania, the initiative will include 22 students from Penn State Berks students, who will join Penn State students from University Park and Dubois campuses, as well as University of Pittsburgh students, on this week-long excursion. A total of 80 students will be involved in the week-long initiative.

In addition, Mark Groff, a Police Services Officer at Berks, will accompany the student group. Groff is also actively involved in the group's activities.

Hershey has organized past student service trips to areas affected by Hurricane Katrina, and a variety of other places.

"I am excited about this year's trip because it gives our students an opportunity to use a wide variety of skills," explains Hershey.

While past service trips have focused on rebuilding and construction, this initiative will allow to students to use other skills, allowing those who don't know much about construction to feel more involved, explains Hershey.

The group will depart from Berks on Friday, March 5, 2010 at 8:00 p.m., and drive to Penn State Harrisburg, where they will board a bus with the other student volunteers. They will depart from Miami on Saturday, March 13, 2010.

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