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(from left to right) First PREMIER Bank and PREMIER Bankcard employees, Darcy Emme, Autum Strand, Amy Lee, and Jerry Krambeck, present a check for $2,000 to BHSU students Mindy Cain, freshman business administration major from Brandon, and Gina Lende, junior mass communications major from Spearfish, for the 2008 Alternative Spring Break trip to Seattle, Wash. Participants will work with environmental non-profit organizations, including Earthcorps and People for Puget Sound. Projects will include restoring salmon streams, planting native trees, removing invasive plants, restoring wetlands and shorelines, and constructing trails. Funds from the donations will be used to defray transportation costs for the trip. Costs that are not donated or otherwise funded will be the responsibility of the students.
Jeb Clarkson, senior vice president for Pioneer Bank and Trust and senior trust officer and representative for the F.L. Clarkson Foundation, presents a $1,500 check to Sarah Hanify, AmeriCorps*VISTA/Volunteer Coordinator at Black Hills State University, for the 2008 Alternative Spring Break trip to Seattle, Wash.
George Martin, Spearfish Optimist Club member, presents a check for $250 to Sarah Hanify, AmeriCorps*VISTA/Volunteer Coordinator at Black Hills State University, for the 2008 Alternative Spring Break trip to Seattle, Wash.
Black Hills State University students, who are spending their spring break in Seattle, Wash., volunteering in parks and nature areas, have been busy organizing fundraisers to help offset the costs of the trip.

According to Sarah Hanify, AmeriCorps*VISTA/
Volunteer Coordinator at BHSU, this trip is focused on providing learning and life experiences for BHSU students.

BHSU Alternative Spring Break participants will work with environmental non-profit organizations, including Earthcorps and People for Puget Sound. The students will assist these groups in accomplishing major goals and projects throughout the week. Projects will include restoring salmon streams, planting native trees, removing invasive plants, restoring wetlands and shorelines, and constructing trails.

The BHSU and Spearfish communities have been active participants in these fundraisers. Donations have most recently been received from First PREMIER Bank and PREMIER Bankcard, the F.L. Clarkson Family Foundation and Pioneer Bank & Trust, and the Spearfish Optimist Club.

First PREMIER Bank and PREMIER Bankcard, headquartered in Sioux Falls, generously donated $2,000 to the BHSU Alternative Spring Break team.  “We are excited to partner with students from Black Hills State University,” said Amy Lee, the human resources officer at the Spearfish branch of PREMIER Bankcard. “First PREMIER Bank and PREMIER Bankcard are pleased to continue supporting projects in the Spearfish community, as well as promoting sustainability and awareness of environmental issues.”

The F.L. Clarkson Family Foundation and Pioneer Bank & Trust donated $1,500 to help support the trip.

“The F.L. Clarkson Family Foundation, established in 2001, is committed to supporting students in the communities served by Pioneer Bank & Trust,” said Jeb Clarkson, senior vice president for Pioneer Bank and Trust and senior trust officer and representative for the F.L. Clarkson Foundation.

The Spearfish Optimist Club donated $250 towards the spring break trip.

“We thought that the BHSU Alternative Spring Break trip was a very worthy recipient of our donation,” said Sandy Mattern, a member of the Spearfish Optimist Club. “The Optimists are excited to be a part of this experience, and hope the students benefit greatly from it.”

The Alternative Spring Break students have also raised approximately $800 through various on-campus fundraising activities. Funds from the donations will be used to defray transportation costs for the trip. Costs that are not donated or otherwise funded will be the responsibility of the students.

For more information about the Alternative Spring Break trip or to make a donation, contact Hanify at SarahHanify@BHSU.edu or call  (605) 642-6471.