When other students head to the beach March 11-15, 2013 for a spring break, a group of UND students will be heading into rural North Dakota and northwest Minnesota for a different kind of break. They will be learning about rural communities and offering to be of help during the first-of-its-kind “Stone Soup Bus Tour.”
The tour is named after a popular program by the UND Center for Community Engagement, the tour sponsor and organizer. The program, which includes a fund to support UND community-based projects and an annual community-university awards program, uses the stone soup theme from the old folk tale of travelers who start a soup with a stone and convince villagers to contribute what they can.
Students enrolled in the service-learning course called Service and Rural Communities will leave from Grand Forks Monday, March 11, and head to Karlstad in Minnesota, and Edinburg, Fort Totten, Towner, Bismarck, and Tower City in North Dakota before returning on Friday, March 15.
The course is being taught by Lana Rakow, director of the Center for Community Engagement and professor of communication, with assistance from Anna Larson, coordinator of the Center’s Community Connect Project, and Kiley Wright, a communication graduate student.