ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Rather than hitting the beach or the ski hill, eight students from the University of North Texas are spending their spring break in Albuquerque, volunteering for two charities.
On Monday, the group packed boxes of food at the Roadrunner Food Bank, an activity it will continue today. Then on Wednesday and Thursday, it’s planning to move furniture and create care packages for formerly homeless people through the Metropolitan Homelessness Project.
It took about 10 hours for the students, accompanied by an adviser, to drive from the university in Denton, Texas, to Albuquerque. They arrived on Saturday and had Sunday for sightseeing — they checked out Sandia Peak and saw a Flamenco Hip-hopera at the National Hispanic Cultural Center — before diving into work Monday.
The trip is part of an Alternative Spring Break program at the University of North Texas. It’s one of about 17 trips across the country. Other students went to Joplin, Mo.; New Orleans; Galveston, Texas; Tahlequah, Okla.; Kansas City, Mo.; and Washington, D.C.
Most of the students had never been to New Mexico before, said Laura Pasquini, the group’s adviser.