March 18, 2016
Spring and break—two words that can mean many things from exotic vacations to homework catch-up time for students. This year, for 12 Kuyper students, it meant service, community, and a lot of fun. They traveled to Black Mountain, North Carolina, on a Spring Break trip organized by Student Life.
The students served together in a number of places, working with and staying at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly, a conference center. Throughout the week, they were able to plant trees at the Sand Hill Community Orchard, wash walls and build relationship with residents at the Veteran’s Restoration Quarters, work on a cleaning and painting project for the conference center, and serve at MANNA Food Bank.
Beyond serving, the students also enjoyed some opportunities to have fun working on team-building exercises at the conference center, hiking at DuPont State Forest, the filming location of the first Hunger Games movie.
“It was a wonderful week full of. . .refocusing on God and growing closer to one another,” Kalee DeVries, a student on the trip. Jana Postma, Assistant Director of Student Life, explained that community, fun, and “a wonderful service opportunity to offer to students during Spring Break,” were the foundations of this trip because service fits who we are as an institution.”