Inside 'Dores

Home » Alternative Spring Break » ASBest Spring Break

ASBest Spring Break

Julianne Connors

This year for spring break I went on Alternative Spring Break to Jackson, Mississippi. It was an incredible week during which I became ASBest friends with 11 new people and learned about the problems facing Jackson.

Our site focused on kids, so in the mornings we painted the administration building for the Methodist Childrens Home in Jackson. While I was a little disappointed to not be spending time with the kids or helping them directly, it was still a job that needed to be done. While my dad has painted our entire house, I had never really painted before. I learned all about how to properly prime and paint the walls with a paint roller from their facilities maintenance man named Nate. Nate was a short, Southern man from the “woods”, who first took his son hunting when he was three. Needless to say, we had tons of fun perfecting our painting skills and learning about the Southern way of life from him.

Our group outside the Admin building we painted!

Posters on the walls of Operation Shoestring

In the afternoons, we worked with an afterschool program called Operation Shoestring. For the first hour or so we helped organize their library. Many of the books were quite old, so we had fun reminiscing about our favorite childhood stories. I also found a book on etiquette from the 70′s which was entertaining. After that, we went to Rowan Middle School to help with one of Operation Shoestring’s programs. Each day we picked a life lesson, for example bullying, to talk to the kids about. I loved talking to the kids and listening to the issues they were dealing with. Many of them talked about teachers who called them dumb and said they would never amount to anything, which was heartbreaking to hear. For two of the days we went to the gym to play basketball, which was so much fun. The kids were amazing at basketball-there were tiny 6th graders making 3 point shots like it was no big deal. One of the 8th graders even said he was being recruited to go to a private high school for basketball.

The last day we were in Jackson, we went with the kids to the Mississippi Museum of Art, where they were having an outdoor community art project. Operation Shoestring had been selected as one of the groups to present a piece on Jackson. Some of it had already been painted, and the kids continued to paint it outside. We got to talk to some of the artists in charge of the project, including one guy who did an afterschool program involving philosophy. He told us a story of one time when he asked a kid if his shoes were the same when he bought them as when the got scoffed up with holes. The entire class started laughing and the kid started crying at the idea of having shoes with holes in them. He wished the kids would discuss happiness more, and it was interesting to hear how materialism may be involved with poverty. Overall, we all loved getting to know the kids and could easily see how much they enjoyed going to Operation Shoestring.

The structure that the kids of Operation Shoestring were making.

On our day off, we drove around Jackson and ate at Brent’s Drugs, which was where some of The Help was filmed. We also drove to Vicksburg to meander around some old homes and government buildings. There was a military park about the Siege of Vicksburg, which was one of the major turning points in the war. It was certainly interesting to see how many of the informational signs supported the Confederacy, which ultimately lost the siege.

I had such an amazing time in Jackson learning about the struggles facing their community. I also loved my ASB group and we had so much fun together. I had a wonderful spring break in the south that I wouldn’t trade for anything!

Back Home   

we're talking about

a cappella a-capella Abroad Academics activities admissions admissions office advice alpha chi omega Alternative Spring Break Alumni Alumni Lawn anchor down AOII ASB athenian sing Athletics AXLE Baking BCM bid day Big Brothers Big Sisters Bike biology biomedical engineering Blair Blair School of Music blog Blogging Bluebird Cafe BME Bolivia Books Branscomb break Breakfast brevard Bridgestone arena British Cafe Coco caitlyn's catch-ups California camping campus catch-up chronicles cello Centennial Park Central Library CFHI Chicago child development China choosing a major choosing Vanderbilt christian christmas Circuits class Class of 2016 Class of 2017 class of 2018 Classes Club Soccer Club Sports coffee Cognitive Studies College College Halls College Life college of arts and science college sports Commencement Commodore Cruise Commodore Quake commodores commons Commons Center Commons Cup Commons Dining community competition concert Concerts Cooking Country Music Culture dance dean wcislo decisions derby days Dessert Dining Dinner disney Diversity diwali dorms downtown downtown nashville Early Decision Economics ed sheeran Edinburgh education End of Semester end of the semester engineering English exam exams exercise exploring Extracurriculars fall Fall Break family family weekend fido finals finals week financial aid First Year five days of harry Florida food football founder's walk franklin fraternity free food french freshman Freshman Life Freshman Year Freshmen friends fun GEO goals graduation Greek Life Grins guatemala Halloween Harry Potter Health Care High school hiking hillsboro Hillsboro Village HOD holiday holidays home homecoming Housing houston Human and Organizational Development Ice Cream IFSA-Butler Inside Dores International International Student internship internships Interviews Intramurals james franklin Jeni's job Jobs Kappa Kappa Gamma Kentucky kissam Laundry leadership Libraries library list London major making friends managerial studies marketing Masala-SACE math Mayfield Maymester MCAT meal plan Mechanical Engineering Mechatronics medical school medicine Megabus mellow mushroom melodores Memorial House memories MHS MOSAIC Move Crew Move-In movies Music Music City Music on Campus Nashville Nashville Predators Nashville sports Nashville Symphony Nationals nature neuroscience new semester new york city NYC OACS off campus on campus events on-campus opportunities Orchestra original cast Outdoors Packing pancake pantry Pancakes parent's weekend Parking Peabody performance Performances philosophy physics poetry Poland pre-med procrastination professor professors questions rand Reading Rec Center recruitment redpepper Registration relaxing Religious Life research retreat Rites of Spring Rome roommate ROTC Running rush ryman Schedule School school spirit Scotland season sec Semester senior Senior Year Service shadow shopping sick sigma phi lambda sleep snow soccer social life sororities sorority South Africa speakers SPEAR sports Spring Spring Break Spring Semester Stambaugh stress Student Life student organizations Study Study Abroad Study Break studying Summer Summer Break Sustainability Sweet Cece's Switzerland Taste of Nashville Taylor Swift Tennessee Tests Textbooks thanksgiving Thanksgiving Break The Music Group The Pub The Vanderbilt Hustler theatre Time tour tour guide towers tpac training travel ultimate frisbee undergraduate research University College London University of Edinburgh vacation Valentine's Day Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Admissions vanderbilt athletics vanderbilt football vanderbilt medical center Vanderbilt Programming Board Vanderbilt University Theatre Vanderbilt Visions Vandy Vegetarian Victory A cappella VIDA Visions visiting home volunteer Volunteering VPB vsg VSVS VUcept VUT Weather weekend Why Vanderbilt Wilderness Skills WilSkills winning winter winter break work Writing YES Zanzibar


Recent Posts

Browse by Month