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For them, spring break is a time to volunteer

Tuesday, February 24, 2009  
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For immediate release – 2/24/09
Contact: Chuck Brown, Communications – 815-226-3374

While many students will be relaxing or heading to warm-weather destinations this spring, some 37 Rockford College students and staff will head down to Starkville, Miss. for the 14th annual Alan Hutchcroft Alternative Spring Break, for a chance to build homes with Habitat for Humanity.

The group of volunteers is participating in the Collegiate Challenge from March 7-14, a year-round Habitat-sponsored event to provide simple, decent, affordable homes for people in need. This alternative to more traditional spring break activities has become an important part of the Rockford College experience, and in 2005, the trip was named in honor of the late Dr. Alan Hutchcroft, a former Rockford College chemistry professor.

This year’s contingent includes 26 students and 11 alumni/staff. One of the volunteers, Rockford College alum Ron Aitchison from Indiana, is making his 11th trip to Starkville this year.  

Aside from the home-building, the group will take part in team-building activities including a rope exercise about 50 feet above ground. They will stay at Camp Seminole, a Boy Scout camp, along with students from other colleges around the U.S.

For the second year, volunteers will post blogs on the Rockford College Web site documenting their experience. Go to to view their posts. 

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