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Alternative Spring Break at MDC

Mar 18th, 2014 | Category: Blogs, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News

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Next time you come to MDC, you may notice a few upgrades! This year, MDC was lucky enough to be a destination for  students from Appalachian State University (ASU) taking an ‘Alternative Spring Break’. The school, in Boone, North Carolina, offers community-service based trips in over 25 domestic and international locations. ASU students organize the Alternative Spring Break trips, which are in high demand – the trip to MDC filled up in 5 minutes! 

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Ten students and a faculty member spent the week sweating in the Florida sunshine as they tackled some tough projects for us. Several areas of our facility have been cleaned out, re-organized, repainted, or reconfigured to allow for better use of our space. Also, you can now park your bike at a brand new blue bike rack built by these hard-working students. 

The students spent many hours helping with the Shuck and Share project. They assisted with everything from shell pickup to mat-making to drilling. The group had a lot of great ideas for the project, and developed some new materials for sharing our progress with visitors.  Over the course of the week the students drilled several buckets of shell, created 8 oyster bags, and assembled 53 new oyster mats!

Their energy and enthusiasm for helping others (and having a great time while doing it!) was truly inspiring. It was a lot of fun to have them around, and we hope they enjoyed their time in beautiful New Smyrna Beach. We aim to continue this partnership with ASU and be a destination for passionate students for years to come.

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