First-Year Writing Students Prepare a Meal for Dismas House Residents

Dismas-Meal.jpgStudents for Charmion Gustke’s (English) First-year Writing class, “Cultivating a Garden of One’s Own,” prepared a vegetarian meal for the residents of the Dismas House. The mission of the Dismas House, a neighbor of Belmont since 1974, is to reconcile former prisoners to society in a family setting that fosters community building. The students of this service-learning course, inspired by scholars such as Michael Pollan and Wendell Berry, learn about the intrinsic connections between citizenship and food production, breaking the barriers between what is taught in the classroom and what is practiced in the community.