Howard University students spend alternative spring break week in Flint

Published: Mar. 11, 2019 at 11:29 PM EDT
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(03/11/2019) - Who says volunteer work can't be fun?

Instead of heading to the beaches of Florida this week, dozens of students from Howard University in Washington, D.C., are spending the week in Flint performing service projects.

It's all part of the school's alternative spring break assignment. They spent part of Monday preparing and packaging food at Genesee County Community Action Resource Department.

"In life its not always about you," said freshman Bianca Briscoe. "It's about what you leave behind. You always want to go through life giving back as much as possible."

That's exactly what she and her colleagues will be doing in Flint this week. Briscoe said Howard University's motto is "truth and service," so this week's assignment is fitting.

Howard University freshman Caleb Davis noted that service can also be rewarding.

"Giving back does give you a really good sense of satisfaction," Davis said. "It does make you feel better about yourself as a person."

The group will be working in Flint all week, including giving out water.