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CLC students and Kinship kids recently joined together for a fun night at the co

CLC students host Kinship kids


The Drug Awareness class at Central Lakes College in Brainerd recently received a Youth As Resources grant to create a fun night for more than a dozen Kinship Kids waiting for partners.


YAR is a program under the direction of the Greater United Way of Brainerd.

“The CLC students chose this project to give the children a fun night with positive role models and show them that the dream of college is attainable, for anyone,” CLC instuctor Jean Mershon in an email release. “The class organized the project because it’s so important to let kids know that someone cares about them and that they can reach their goals and dreams.”

The event included basketball, tag and dodge ball in the gym with the men’s and women’s basketball team, a scavenger hunt throughout the entire campus taking the participants through all the different areas and programs available at CLC, games, crafts and tie dye T-shirts. Donations were from Little Caesar’s, Central Lakes College Food Service, Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union, Affinity Plus Credit Union and Walmart.

On hand to assist from the YAR Board were Kelsey Binggeli, Baxter, and Julie Ashburn, Brainerd. Members of the Drug Awareness class on hand were Sophia Hotzler and Nicole Mason, Baxter; Molly Nelson, Jed Jaekel, Suzy Cavalier, Samantha Erickson, Adam Gunderman, Jeff Grimsley and Rachel Borgschatz, Brainerd; Skyler Shearer, Aurora; Robin Turner, Glendale, AZ.; Michael Farrington, Brown Deer, Wis.; Ariel Switajewski, Pequot Lakes; Kaycee Nelson, Pillager; Kelsey Schwartz, Pine River; Kahreem Horsley, Bloomington, Ind.; Maurice Hernandez, West St. Paul; Brandon Davis, Champlin Park; and Roberto Lopez, Phoenix, Ariz.

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