Youngstown, FL- When most people think of spring break, there’s always thoughts of going to the beach, spending time with friends, and just relaxing in the sun. This past week, one of our brothers chose to spend his week in a little differently. Freshman Aaron Hayhurst attended a mission trip with other members of the Leadership Learning Community, an organization that teaches freshmen leadership qualities through a hands-on class setting. Each year, the class attends a spring break mission trip, which is widely considered to be the highlight of the class. This year, the mission trip was in Youngstown, Florida through the HOPE Project, an organization that helps serve people suffering from PTSD, depression, and more. The organization rescuses aminals, mainly horses, and then uses these animals as therapy animals for the people they serve. Many of the people that volunteer for this organization are suffering from PTSD themselves, but chose to help out due to the amazing work that is done there. Recently, the HOPE Project was affected by the hurricane and had much to rebuild. Hayhurst stated, “After doing research on the HOPE Project, and realizing all the great work that they do, we decided to go help them rebuild after the hurricane.” Some of the things that Aaron and others did over the past week included building a new fire pit, removing debris from the hurricane, building horse shelters, planting new grass, feeding animals, and much more. “It was a great time and I’d love to go back and volunteer at the HOPE Project someday. I highly recommend it,” said Aaron when asked about the experience.