Students Compile Local Transit Information

Spring is here and it’s time for people to break out their bike, moped, walking shoes, or Kirk Tran pass - Truman students know that Kirksville is on the move.

A group of three students participating in the Introduction to Environmental Studies course of the Truman State University Interdisciplinary Studies Department is working with the Kirksville community to compile and distribute a list of low-impact/low-cost modes of transportation.

Beth Kroes, Alexandria Smith and Thomas Hughes have spent the spring semester working with the Chamber of Commerce, the Kirksville Tourism Office and the Truman student groups Student Government, the Bike Co-op, and Blue Key to compile the local transportation information and to generate a list of distribution possibilities. As the end of the semester approaches, the team has handed out flyers during Earth Week, has created a brochure for the Kirksville community, and has prepared to distribute the information in both the Kirksville and University communities. 

The students are conducting this project to fulfill the service-learning component of their course, which was offered as an alternative to writing a lengthy research paper. Students in the class split off into groups at the beginning of the semester and chose a local environmentally-related problem or issue to address through a service-learning project. During the 16 week semester, each student group identified an issue, developed a project idea and submitted a proposal to address the issue, and then actually implemented the project. The students who opted to participate in a service-learning project were also expected to record minutes of their group meetings, generate memorandums to update their instructors on the progress of their project, and turn in responses to reflection prompts. The primary goal of the course is to introduce the students to controversial, environmental issues and broaden their perspectives regarding the ways such issues can be addressed.

The service-learning project provides students the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience in leading a project from its conception to its completion. By independently generating a project, the students cultivate the tools they will need for future project development in either their professional or service endeavors. 

Copies of the informational flyer produced by the students are expected to be distributed at local businesses and organizations such as: The Mission, Scrubby Duds, Helping Hands, Homestead, Outreach Mission, Leisure World Lanes, the Hair Academy, Planned Parenthood, Check Casher, Check Into Cash, Sparks Cleaners, Vic Cleaners, Salvation Army, Tots 2 Teens, Washington St. Java, the United States Post Office, the Adair County Public Library, Devlin Place, and the Food Depot. 

Contact the Kirksville Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Office to receive a copy of the brochure or visit the Web page
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