Students head to SD reservation for spring break

Eagle Butte, South Dakota (AP) April 2012

College students from across the country are forgoing the sun and surf and instead are heading to the Cheyenne River Indian reservation in South Dakota for their spring break.

The student volunteers are traveling to South Dakota to help with the nonprofit Cheyenne River Youth Project.

The college students will be holding fundraisers, helping with facilities maintenance work and preparing a two-acre garden for planting.

In addition, the students are regularly holding College Nights to help educate local teenagers about applying for and attending college.

This week, the Cheyenne River Youth Project is welcoming volunteer groups from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

Groups from the University of Wisconsin, University of Michigan and Northern Kentucky University are scheduled to volunteer later this spring.