It's not your typical spring break for dozens of Marquette High School students.
More than 200 students -- nearly 10 percent of the student body -- will be spending spring beak on a service trip in Florida. The students will be traveling to the town of Apalachicola, where they will be helping residents clean up. "We are going to take on a community betterment approach to really clean up the park and water front," said Assistant Principal Dr. Dan Ramsey. He has sponsored previous student service trips to Illinois, Arkansas, Detroit, and Joplin.
"I tell the kids they need to be ready to help. If you go in with that attitude, and dig in however they ask you to, you take on that adventure."
Senior Zoya Abbassie went on spring break service trips during each of her first three years of high school.
"I just have a really good time, and I like seeing how it affects the people who live in these places. When we went to Arkansas it was right after a storm. Even though it was only a couple hours and we were only there a week, the people said it helped them so much. It was really nice seeing how it affected other people, and seeing them so happy. I like that feeling."
Freshman Megan Beshore is going on her first service trip.
"My parents are proud I'm doing it," she said. "Normally my family goes on a spring break trip. Instead I'm doing the service trip this year."
Ramsey says 23 staff members are giving up their spring breaks to go along.
"Marquette has amazingly generous teachers who are willing to give their time, and really compassionate kids who get into helping people," said Ramsey. "We're very fortunate that we have caring kids and caring families who want to make the world a better place."