A group of University of Alabama students will spend fall break in Panama City, Florida, helping with the recovery efforts following Hurricane Michael.
The trip was organized by the Beyond Bama: Alternative Breaks program, part of UA’s Center for Service and Leadership. Students will arrive in Panama City on Wednesday night, Oct. 24, and assist in clearing debris for three days before returning to campus on Sunday, Oct. 28.
“There have been a couple times in my life where my community back home has rallied around my family and me,” said Abigail Steele, a sophomore from Westerville, Ohio. “Going on service trips during my breaks is a way to pay forward all the times people have helped me out. I‘m looking forward to getting to know the community members of Panama City and helping to begin the rebuilding of their community.”
Beyond Bama: Alternative Breaks organizes trips for the UA student body during fall, winter and spring breaks. Alternative Break trips allow students to travel to communities in parts of the country and the world, and engage in service and experiential learning during university breaks.
The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.