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Students spend spring break helping others

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Instead of playing and having fun on spring break, 50 Howard University students are spending their break in Memphis helping others.

"A part of our mantra or our frame of thought is service through helping others you help yourself," said Howard U student Bibi Mama. "So ASB is really a great way kind of finding yourself through helping others and I think is really a great way to spend spring break."

The 50 students from Washington, D.C., rode a bus 14 hours to Memphis to help clean up a community garden named First Fruit, provided by the Missionary Baptist Church in Southwest Memphis. They are pulling weeds, picking up trash, turning the soil - all to help other people, people they may never even meet.

These students are getting a lot of support from friends and family.

"I have a lot of love lot of support a lot of people say good on you," said Nikia Davis. "I'm fortunate to go to a school that has opportunities like this to serve in communities other that our own. So I really think that folks who would know about this are just so proud of us."

While millions of young college students from all over the country hit the ski slopes and the beaches on spring break, some young people from Howard University came all the way to Memphis to help people.

"I went on spring break to Jamaica and every where else, for real," said Nikia Grayson, Howard U alum and organizer of this trip to Memphis. "We did not go out in the community and help. More of this kind of thing is taking place around the country. I think it's a great thing, fosters community, a sense of responsibility, service, leadership, giving back."

Good job Howard University. Not only did you do some good in Memphis on this spring break, you gave the rest of us hope for the future. You doubled up.

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