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HU students spend spring break in Flint for water crisis

By Tatyana Hopkins/Howard University News Service
On March 21, 2016

Howard University Students spent their first day of spring break handing out bottled water to help the residents of Flint, Mich., as they struggle with the city’s water crisis.
Credit: Howard University News Service

FLINT -- Like thousands of other college students, Jaquan Blackwell spent last spring break at the beach, his on the shores of Panama City Beach, Fla., indulging in “too much drinking” and partying with hundreds of other students into the early morning.

This year, Blackwell, a junior at Howard University,  was getting soaked Monday by a chilly Flint rain as he and a dozen other Howard students manned the corner of Fifth and Martin Luther King avenues and helped residents struggling with the city’s water crises by loading cases of donated water into the backs of cars. 

And as he placed water into the back of a crowded minivan, he smiled.  “I’m not missing Florida,” the New Yorker said. “I can go anytime.   That costs me money. I’m here for free, giving back.” 

Blackwell, 20, and 45 Howard University students and advisors are in Flint as part of the school’s annual Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program, during which students forgo the fun and sun to help others.

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