ECU students participate in 'Staycation' to help others during spring break

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Some Pirates have opted out of taking to the seas or heading to a tropical destination for the typical spring break.

Approximately 70 East Carolina University students are taking part in a 'Staycation', which is an alternative spring break program.

ECU's Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement is giving students a chance to spend their spring break helping people in Greenville.

The program has students working from this past Saturday through Wednesday, March 8th.

The students will be staying at Community Crossroads Center Emergency Homeless Shelter for the week, while they also will be serving meals and assisting other programs.

On Monday, they were at Third Street Education Center where they were tutoring and mentoring youth.

The students also assisted working in several community gardens in West Greenville.

Other students in the Staycation program opted to travel, including to work at Camp Albemarle, the NC Coastal Federation and even some went up to Baltimore, MD to work on projects addressing poverty and homelessness.

Also, students from Boston College took place in Greenville's Staycation.