Alternative Spring Break (ASB): Part 1

From Saturday, March 6 to Thursday, March 11th, Haverford House is hosting six wonderful Haverford students as part of our inaugural Alternative Spring Break! You need a detailed description of what we’ve been doing? Nothing would make you happier than to see all of our faces? Anything for your, dear reader…

Saturday, March 6th: We began with a short icebreaker and snacks, then headed our for our scavenger hunt. Our ASBers figured out clues such as “be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery” and “lend a helping hand”, leading us through Malcolm X park and past colorful murals in West Philadelphia, respectively.

Luckily snacks were included in the scavenger hunt as the students figured out “Get naked on 34th and Walnut; be fair trade about it”. We ended with the clue “Pink Lady Time!” and purchased apples from Sarah Mills at the Fair Food Farmstand. After smelling the wonderful treats at Reading Terminal, we went back to the house and ate a hearty dinner prepared by our own Mary S. Welsh. Professor Theresa Tensuan came and was a wonderful addition to our company (please come again soon Professor Tensuan!)

Sunday, March 7th: The students began their volunteer work at Norris Square Neighborhood Project today. After a short mix-up with scheduling, leading to a tour of North Philadelphia vs. Northern Liberties and a tasty brunch, students split up into groups and performed various tasks. They swept basements, sorted tiles, and generally helped out at the neighborhood garden.

After a long day’s work, Max whipped up a delicious dinner (black-bean burger fare which I complemented with roasted potatoes).

Lastly, could I write a post without mentioning my favorite dance group in the Northwest Philadelphia region?
Aftershock, a dance group from Parkway NW High School for Peace and Social Justice, has upcoming performances that are free and open to all.
They will perform at St. Joseph’s University on Sunday, April 11th at 10:00AM, and at Haverford College on Friday, April 2nd at 8:00PM.


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