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Kinship having fun

To the Editor:

Kinship has had a busy summer.

On July 12, we held the summer picnic with 108 mentors, mentees, rent-a-ments and board members present. We had a wonderful time boating, tubing, kayaking, jet skiing, making massive bubbles, playing yard games, and eating a wonderful meal of hamburgers and hot dogs. We are so grateful to Wayne and Char Kahler for opening their home to all of us.

We had such an amazing group of volunteers at this event that every child always had something they could do. We owe a huge thanks to our rent-a-ments who made sure the mentees from the waiting list could attend and, of course, thank you to all our mentors and mentees in Kinship who came out and made this activity a blast.

Then on July 27, Kinship mentees got to try their hand at horseback riding at Keitzer Arena. Several of our mentees had never been on a horse before, so we owe a huge thank you to the 4-H Horse Club for providing them with the opportunity to try it out. A huge thank you is owed to everyone who made this activity possible for the 68 people in attendance.

Finally, during the week of July 31 through Aug. 4, 16 Kinship mentees attended Camp Invention at the Fairmont Elementary School. Camp Invention is a weeklong STEM camp for kids entering first through sixth grades. 3M and Kahler Automation provided scholarships to make this possible for the mentees, and the kids had a blast. They got to build their own inventions, take apart items to see how they work, and learn about science and technology throughout the whole week.

The public can check out what Kinship is up to on our Facebook page and can learn more about getting involved in all the fun by calling (507) 238 4440.

Anna Garbers,

Kinship director


Support appreciated

To the Editor:

I am Emma Koehler, a Girl Scout Ambassador and a senior at Fairmont Area High School. I created, planned and implemented “STEM 4 Girls,” a three-day camp on July 24-26 for girls in grades 1-6 to help spread the word of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to young girls throughout Martin County. The camp was my Girl Scout Gold Award project, and I’m beyond thankful for all of the support I have received from the community.

Thank you to everyone who was involved in the success of my Gold Award. I truly appreciate your support.

Emma Koehler