Melissa Hernandez Volunteered on Alternative Spring Break in New Orleans



IRVING, TX (03/18/2015)(readMedia)– Melissa Hernandez, a University of Dallas junior from Wichita, Kan., served the community of New Orleans by volunteering with the Office of Campus Ministry on Alternative Spring Break (ASB). Hernandez and 17 other students cleaned the gravestones of fallen soldiers, planted trees in the wetlands and sorted Mardi Gras beads for an organization that serves the intellectually disabled.

“The local people applauded the students on their flexibility and willingness to do the odd jobs that are not very glamourous,” said Samantha Van Atta, a University of Dallas campus minister who led ASB.

The 18 students spent the entirety of their spring break serving the less fortunate.

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