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ECU students participate in 'staycation' to learn about Greenville

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GREENVILLE, Pitt County - A handful of East Carolina University students are spending their spring break in Greenville, but not necessarily at their own home.

Four students are staying at the homeless shelter in Greenville to learn more about the community they go to school in. The basis of the alternative spring break program is to focus on youth and nutrition.

"Youth and nutrition with education is a need here. West Greenville is a food desert for nutrition, which means there's not a lot of healthy options for nutrition," said Lizzie Shepard, AmeriCrop Vista volunteer. So these students are taking their break to be role models to the elementary students and help in the community gardens to fulfill the need in the area.

Another group is working on cleaning up the cabins at Camp Albermarle in Carteret County.

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