Technically, students participating in the Stone Soup Bus Tour earn one credit for their work and experience, given that the tour is part of a Service and Rural Communities course. The class itself aims to "[provide] students a perspective on this area of the country that they call home while attending UND." The tour, however, visited "Karlstad, Minn., and Edinburg, Fort Totten, Towner, Bismarck, and Tower City in North Dakota. Students [learned] about the assets and connections of each community and provide[d] a report to the communities about how rural communities might maximize their use of assets and connections." Additionally, while at the Capitol in Bismarck, participants met with "legislators to learn how rural communities are connected through state government."
Now, I know I have some nerdy tendencies, but this sounds super interesting in all kinds of ways that should appeal to the non-nerds out there. Community service? Academic component to out-of-the-classroom learning? Meeting with legislators? Fantastic!
(Each Monday during the academic year, I feature a "Campus Highlight": a unique, interesting, and noteworthy student organization, program, or initiative that demonstrates the amazing things college students do each and every day across the country.)