Students Spend Spring Break in Service to Others
470 participants take part in 20th Appalachian Experience
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
On Friday, March 1, 470 Saint Joseph’s students and adult facilitators departed campus, marking the beginning of spring break. But instead of heading for tropical beaches for vacation, the students were headed for 16 service sites in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia as part of the 20th year of the Appalachian Experience (APEX).
“Service to others is a cornerstone of SJU’s mission, and APEX is deeply rooted in that tradition,” says program director Matt Fullmer. “APEX was started 20 years ago by 15 students who hopped in a van and drove to Phelps, Ky., because they wanted to make a difference. We’ve gone to Phelps every year since then, but it’s a testament to our students’ commitment that this year, 54 vans are heading out to 16 communities spanning three states. This growth comes from the student body’s desire to immerse itself in the spirit of solidarity and being men and women with and for others.”