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Office of Community-University Partnerships & Service Learning

Service-Learning Stories

Madeline Short


A Day in the Dirt

Anna Herman puts her hands down into the dirt and pulls out a large clump of grass. Behind an old motel on Shelburne Road, she and a crew of about twenty UVM students from professor Dan Baker’s project planning course are chopping through the sod, laying out wood-chip paths, selecting pea and carrot seeds, and turning over a ...

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Students planting trees along steep banks of Lake Champlain


UVM and Burlington Parks Plant More Than 500 Trees in City's Newest Park

The last day of classes at UVM brought more than 45 UVM student volunteers and crews from Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront (BPRW) to improve the newly acquired 12-acre park space behind the former Burlington College property.

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Service-learning is key to the social work course. Medina Serdarevic, whose own parents left Bosnia as refugees, has worked in the King Street Center after school program spring semester.


Understanding Refugees' Reality

Early in the spring semester, Professor Susan Comerford tells the students in SWSS 055, “Working with Refugees,” her fundamental expectations for the social work course. Those expectations apply to the teacher as much as they do to the students: “If you leave this class with only an intellectual understanding, then I have ...

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Students Implement Prof's Research-Based 'Fit Kids' Program

It’s a weekday morning, and senior Reuben Brough is running around a gym at King Street Youth Center waving his hands in the air and screeching like a cheetah. A stream of children is in hot pursuit of him and four other UVM students who implore the preschoolers to “catch the cheetah.”

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Left to right: Caitlin Drasher, Susan Munkres, Carey Hengstenberg, Justin Kenney, Tom Rogers


Rubenstein School Student and Partnership with VT Agency of Natural Resources Win Awards

Vermont college students, faculty, and staff gathered on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at the Lavengin House at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, VT, to celebrate individual contributions and the collective impact of higher education in service to Vermont.

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Leisa Pollander playing with kids at Holbrook Center


Sara Holbrook's Legacy of Caring

It’s nearly noon at Burlington’s Sara Holbrook Community Center. Downstairs, a group of preschoolers is singing a song about the clouds, chanting: “What’s the weather? What’s the weather?” Upstairs, a group of recent adult refugees is learning English, the word huge, and the verb “to be.” The teacher says, “New ...

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