GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Most college students take a trip to hit the beach during their spring break, but a group of ECU students decided to stay here in the East to give back to their community.
Groups of ECU students are participating in different service projects throughout Eastern Carolina this week as part of the university's Alternative Spring Break Experience.
One group planted crops in a community garden in Greenville. These plants will grow produce that will be donated to local churches that help feed the hungry.
Some students say they know their hard work is going to help people in need.
"I think it's important because a lot of people especially here in Greenville are food insecure and they don't have a lot of access to fresh produce," ECU Student Sylveonna Holmes said.
Holmes says she sometimes relied on food donations as a kid and says it's a blessing to be able to give back.
Students will also be tutoring students at local elementary schools, painting cabins at Camp Albemarle, helping the N.C. Coastal Federation with oyster habitat restoration and volunteering with other local organizations.