Stone Soup Bus Tour

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Stone Soup Bus Tour

Excerpt from the Stone Soup Bus Tour blog.

When other students head to the beach March 14-18 for a spring break, a group of UND students will be heading into rural North Dakota for a different kind of break. They will be learning about rural North Dakota 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 be heading out from Grand Forks Monday with a stop in Bismarck to meet North Dakota First Lady Betsy Dalrymple and view the legislative process, then on to Hettinger, Hazen, New Town, Tioga, Rugby, and Ft. Totten, before returning home March 18.

The course is being taught by Lana Rakow, director of the Center for Community Engagement and professor of communication, and Sarah McKenzie, a VISTA member and service-learning coordinator at the Center. Travel support for the course has been provided by private donations to the Stone Soup Fund.

Follow along with the tour:

Stone Soup Bus Tour blog

Stone Soup Facebook page

Listen: Prairie Public interview with Stone Soup participants

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