Local students join forces to give back

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) People of all ages “Payed it Forward” Thursday, March 8 at Washington Elementary's service-learning fair.

“It’s something so little but it’s making such a big impact on the people in the community and around us,” explains Katie Johnston, Concordia College student.

10 Concordia College students teamed up with 62 4th graders for varying service learning projects.

“It makes you feel better about yourself that you helped somebody,” add Brody Fowler, Washington Elementary 4th Grader.

All students collaborated to make handcrafted dog toys for an animal rescue group, stuffed dolls for children experiencing trauma, recyclable t-shirt bags and birthday cards for children in families who may not have the money to put food on the table, to make their celebration special.

"I'm hoping that as they grow older that this will become something they want to do," says Melissa Krueger, Washington Elementary 4th Grade Teacher.

The students were reminded that everyone has something to give and everyone has something they can learn.