Building Community with ENVS 7.04: COVER Stories

College students can learn a lot by leaving campus and helping people whose homes are in need of repair, says Terry Osborne, a senior lecturer in the Environmental Studies Program and the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric who every spring teaches a course that gives his class an opportunity to do just that.

It’s called “COVER Stories: Community Building and the Environment.” Partnering with COVER, a nonprofit home repair organization based in White River Junction, Vt., small teams of students spend time off campus either helping to improve a property or working in the COVER store, which sells donated building materials and household goods at low cost. The students also interview COVER staff and clients to create stories, podcasts, and videos that COVER plans to include in its newsletters and on its website.

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