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PAGE 26 Thursday, October 17, 2013 ay inspires ByMeganBisila make a change in their communi- appearances to be the MCs for the Monday, Oct. 8, members of ties and in the world, event. the Kimball Elementary and High First year in Minnesota We Day's sponsors Yoplait, School student government, as This year was the first yearGreen Giant, and Cheerios made well as B.L.T. Leo club members We Day came to Minnesota. Wethe event possible. Other organi- went to the Xcel Energy Center to couldn't purchase tickets, we had zations that supported it were the participate in an event called We to "earn" our ticket by doing at Edward J. Phillips Family Foun- Day. least one loc~tl and one global set- dation, Otto Bremer Foundations, Before We Day was created, vice project. There were 18,000 BremerBank, and Carlson Family a man named Craig Kielburger tickets offered, and every ticket Foundation. saw an article in the paper about was used. The entire event was televised a young 12-year-old boy who was The day was filled with by WCCO News and was adver- murdered for battling child labor motivational speakers including tised by the Star Tribune, as well laws. He went to the school in Martin Luther King III, Her as multiple radio partners. his area to recruit people to help. Majesty Queen Noor of Jordon, We Day was a very inspira- Twelve 12-year-olds volunteered, Free The Children Embassadortional and motivating experi- and they formed a group called Spencer West, youth speaker ence. We left with a lot ofideas for Free The Children. After trying Hannah Alper, and Governor future service projects to help out to gain attention from the adults Mark Dayton who officially the community and the world. It to help out, they found that peo- declared Oct. 8 as "We Day" in will come back again next year pie tend to not listen to children: Minnesota. Bands such as theandwehope to have the opportu- So they decided to speak to larger Jonas Brothers, Fifth Harmony, nity to attend it again. groups, eventually schools all The Kenyan Boys Choir, and A specialthanksgoestoHend- across the nation started forming Carly Rae Jepson performed ricks Bus Service for donating the Free The Children groups, in-between speakers to keep the bus and driver to get us there. We Daywas formed afterwards crowd interested~ and excited. To find out more about the rest by Craig and his brother Mark to Disney stars Brigit Mendler and of the guests and Free The Child- motivate children to go out and Debby Ryan also made guest ren, go to www.weday.com. ,: www..r.cvu.,j.ews.mn* ; ,, -*,,- T~y~~SI Some of the Kimball contingent at 2013 We Day at the Xcel Center Oct. 8. They were among more than 18,000 students from around the state in attendance. It was a day of positivity and empowerment. Submitted photos. A busload of local students, grades 5-12, attended the first We Day in Minnesota, listening to more than a dozen Emily Tadych and Haley Robben posed with the We Day mascot at the Xcel inspirational speakers and enjoying musical performances in-between. Center Monday, Oct. 8. . reliable reporting, local news coupon savings special sections NEWS valuable advertising., conversation startersClassifieds Your complete source for local news in your community. Renew by mail (P.O. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353) or on-line at www.TriCountyNews.MN FREE active military subscription one-year Minnesota subscription, $36 one-year out-of-state subscription, $46 SENIOR* Minnesota subscription, $26 (320) 398-5000 70 S Main St., Kimball www.TriCountyNews.MN IName: i Mailing address: ICity: State: Zip: ITelephone: i- l I l m l m I l I ! I .... ~ t I It [ 818brati,g yGar of cr6ati,g emag6e that laet a I=f tlme Families