College Students Take Break From Mexico

April 5, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
They've come from churches all over the Valley. There are even a few groups from Sacramento.They may not have traveled far this spring break, but they have every intention of making their time here worthwhile.

For the next six days, more than one-thousand junior high, high school and college students will spend their spring break helping others throughout Fresno County.

Normally, these students would be doing volunteer work down in Mexico, but, a wave of drug-cartel violence, combined with a warning from the U.S. State Department has urged these kids to spend their vacation closer to home.

Event organizer, said the change is a welcome one, especially during this economic climate.

Among other things, these volunteers will fix up area community centers, coordinate sporting events, and install smoke detectors at Sierra Mobile Park.

The students will spend the entire week camped out in tents here at people's church. They have projects scheduled every day this week. The first one starts at 9:00 AM Monday morning.

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