Student spends break volunteering
BEREA, Ohio — Trena Johnson of Altoona was one of 39 Baldwin Wallace University students who dedicated their 2017 winter break to making a difference through the BW Alternative Break service program.
The program facilitated four diverse community engagement projects with student volunteers traveling to San Antonio, New Orleans, Chicago and Providence, Rhode Island.
Each experience was led by a BW student with a university faculty or staff adviser providing support.
Johnson, a graduate of Altoona Area High School majoring in public health and Spanish, volunteered for the alternative break experience in Providence.
The group explored the theme of creating change through creative expression in partnership with Providence CityArts for Youth, Manton Avenue Project and Amos House.
With CityArts, an organization that provides avenues to creativity, hope and inspiration for disadvantaged youth, the BW freshman helped create murals and cardboard gingerbread houses at a middle school.
The group also had the opportunity to visit the Rhode Island School of Design Museum and The Providence Athenaeum, an independent, member-supported library and cultural center.