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Students choose alternative trip for spring break

3/23/2014

By ELIZABETH GOLDEN

egolden@dailynews.net

Tigers in Service at Fort Hays State University departed on a four-day service trip Thursday.

Led by Arin Powers, a junior, and senior Danielle Dougherty, seven people went to Glen Haven, Colo., a small community near Estes Park.

"We worked with other universities and volunteers from around the U.S.," Powers said. "We removed logs, limbs and debris. Spring runoff from the snow melt will travel through the same area, so without removing fallen trees, they'll be caught in the runoff and cause further damage."

Spring runoff is caused by melting snow, which results in the rising of water bodies.

Powers is the philanthropy chairwoman of Delta Zeta sorority at FHSU and said she found her passion for service through the sorority.

"That's where I really found my service and getting others involved in service," she said. "I began working at Tigers in Service in 2012 and have loved every minute of it."

Dougherty has been involved in Tigers in Service since January and has volunteered in various ways throughout college.

"The communities were very thankful and appreciative," Powers said. "We feel very lucky to have worked with such great people."