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On the horizon:spring break

How is your student spending spring break?

Students will encounter lots of spring break deals for heading south, but if the package deals sound too good to be true, they probably are. If your student is thinking about booking a package deal, encourage him or her to find out the names of the airline and hotel the deal includes and verify the information with those vendors. They should also find out the trip's total cost and any restrictions or cancellation penalties that may apply before making payment.

If your student hasn't made plans yet, service learning options may still be open to them, some even in warmer climes. The University YMCA offers immersion trips to undergraduates interested in examining social justice issues in destinations as varied as the Caribbean, New Orleans, New York City, San Diego, and San Francisco. Immersion trips will also be available during May term.

Another option is participating in the 2006 Pay It Forward Tour. A group of University undergraduates designed this spring break community service opportunity which will take ten busloads of undergraduates to the nation's capital, each bus stopping to serve in five communities along the way. This is the third annual Pay it Forward Tour, inspired by the book and the film of the same name.