Monday, Oct. 8, members of the Kimball Elementary and High School student government, as well as B.L.T. Leo club members went to the Xcel Energy Center to participate in an event called We Day.
Before We Day was created, a man named Craig Kielburger saw an article in the paper about a young 12-year-old boy who was murdered for battling child labor laws. He went to the school in his area to recruit people to help. Twelve 12-year-olds volunteered, and they formed a group called Free The Children. After trying to gain attention from the adults to help out, they found that people tend to not listen to children. So they decided to speak to larger groups, eventually schools all across the nation started forming Free The Children groups.
We Day was formed afterwards by Craig and his brother Mark to motivate children to go out and make a change in their communities and in the world.
First year in Minnesota
This year was the first year We Day came to Minnesota. We couldn’t purchase tickets, we had to “earn” our ticket by doing at least one local and one global service project. There were 18,000 tickets offered, and every ticket was used.
The day was filled with motivational speakers including Martin Luther King III, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordon, Free The Children Embassador Spencer West, youth speaker Hannah Alper, and Governor Mark Dayton who officially declared Oct. 8 as “We Day” in Minnesota. Bands such as the Jonas Brothers, Fifth Harmony, The Kenyan Boys Choir, and Carly Rae Jepson performed in-between speakers to keep the crowd interested and excited. Disney stars Brigit Mendler and Debby Ryan also made guest appearances to be the MCs for the event.
We Day’s sponsors Yoplait, Green Giant, and Cheerios made the event possible. Other organizations that supported it were the Edward J. Phillips Family Foundation, Otto Bremer Foundations, Bremer Bank, and Carlson Family Foundation.
The entire event was televised by WCCO News and was advertised by the Star Tribune, as well as multiple radio partners.
We Day was a very inspirational and motivating experience. We left with a lot of ideas for future service projects to help out the community and the world. It will come back again next year and we hope to have the opportunity to attend it again.
A special thanks goes to Hend-ricks Bus Service for donating the bus and driver to get us there.
To find out more about the rest of the guests and Free The Child-ren, go to www.weday.com.
A busload of local students, grades 5-12, attended the first We Day in Minnesota, listening to more than a dozen inspirational speakers and enjoying musical performances in-between.
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.
Emily Tadych and Haley Robben posed with the We Day mascot at the Xcel Center Monday, Oct. 8.