When you think of college spring break, you may think of adventurous road trips with friends, parties by the beach, or just catching up on sleep from the previous week of late nights studying for midterms. Instead, a group of 13 students participating in the Alternative Spring Break program from California State University, Fresno partnered with GRID Alternatives to lend a helping hand installing solar panels for two individuals in Fresno’s downtown Lowell District. The Alternative Spring Break program gives opportunity for students to give back and empower local neighborhoods. Fresno State ASB students discussed their motivation to participate on the installs. “My experience has been great…it is great bonding with the homeowner. She is a very sweet lady and I am glad that the install of these solar panels will help her and the environment. This is a perfect location and I hope it sheds light on this community,” stated Angelica Robertson, team leader of the ASB solar project. While assembling the railing, Reynaldo Vazquez-a mechanical engineering student, eagerly stated, “This is a great way to spend my spring break…giving back to the community and learning about how solar panels work.” The ASB program continues to empower and shed light on underserved communities through their annual community service projects.
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