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A Different Kind of Break: ABC to WVA

FSU Alternative Break Corps Students Volunteer in West Virginia During Spring Break.

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This WFSU-TV-produced documentary puts a twist on the question “What did you do on your Spring Break?” For six college students, their answer may be different from what you would imagine.

A Different Kind of Break: ABC to WVA illustrates how six typical Florida State University students have a very atypical Spring Break experience volunteering in a rural coal mining community in West Virginia. They brought back video exhibiting what happens when the beach is not part of the Spring Break equation: hard work and education are valued and an element of youthful exuberance is visible throughout their adventures.

A Different Kind of Break: ABC to WVA logo However, before they even have a chance to come together, they must deal with a crisis that threatens to rip them apart. Over the course of the week they become stuck (with no working communication equipment) in the snow on a mountain road and take a risky drive through flood waters. And as if not strained enough, the group must learn to work within a community very different from their own - leading them to discover unexpected things about themselves and each other. It's an adventure that will change their lives forever.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 7:30 pm ET / 6:30 pm CT on WFSU-TV