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Academy cadets are spending their spring break
building houses for needy families.


Each year cadets volunteer to be part of Alternative Spring Break joining thousands of other college students across the nation working with Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge program. Alternative Spring Break coincides with normal Spring Break for Academy cadets, which is usually in late March. Alternative Spring Break is part of the Cadet Service Learning Program, sponsored by the Academy’s Center for Character and Leadership Development. Our Cadet Service Learning programs are centered around one of the Academy’s main core values, ‘Service Before Self." CSL attempts to take this core value from the theoretical concepts of the classroom and training environment, allowing cadets to put it to the test in real situations, meeting real community needs. The Alternative Spring Break program is one of the pinnacle events for CSL. These cadets are choosing to spend their vacations to help provide a home to a family in need.

The Academy has participated in Alternative Spring Break for the past 12 years. Cadets have helped work on homes at Habitat sites in Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. Cadets are divided into groups of 12 with each group led by a senior cadet and working at a different Habitat site. After Hurricane Katrina 140 cadets traveled to the damaged area to clean-up and rebuild.

Photo of worn gloves
Alternative Spring Break Photos
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