Thursday, March 24, 2011

Stone Soup

Bremer Bank Grand Forks recently donated $1,000 to support the Stone Soup program at the University of North Dakota. The program includes a fund to support UND community-based projects and an annual community-university awards program using the stone soup theme. The theme comes from the old folk tale of travelers, who started a soup with a stone and convinced villagers to contribute what they can.

Bremer has supported the Stone Soup program since 2006, resulting in a total of $3,500 in donations. Recently University of North Dakota students spent their Spring Break week doing service-learning projects in North Dakota for a one-credit course called Service and Rural Communities. The group started in Bismarck talking to legislators and ended with peer-mentoring at Cankdeska Cikana Community College.

The course is taught by Lana Rakow, director of the Center for Community Engagement and professor of communication, and Sarah McKenzie, a VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) member and service-learning coordinator at the Center.

Kelly Greenlees, NRS, Grand Forks

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