Dec 7, 2011

Kinship kids

The Drug Awareness class that meets on the Brainerd campus at Central Lakes College received a Youth As Resources (YAR) grant to create a fun evening for the 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," said Jean Mershon, instructor. "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 was held in late afternoon-early evening Tuesday, Nov. 29.  Activities 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 Central Lakes College,  games, crafts and tie dye T-shirts. Donations from Little Ceasar’s, Central Lakes College Food Service, Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union, Affinity Plus, and Walmart helped to make it possible. On hand to assist from the YAR Board were Kelsey Binggeli and Julie Ashburn.  Members of the Drug Awareness class on hand were Molly Nelson, Skyler Shearer, Sam Erickson, Suzy Cavalier,  Jeff Grimsley, Adam Gunderman, Ariel Switajewski, Nicole Mason, Kelsey Schwartz, Jed Jaekel,  Michael Farmington, Kahreem Horsley, Robin Turner, Sophia Hotzler, Rachel Borgschatz, and Kaycee Nelson.To see images go to