KoMets come together to support the community
Typically, the Kasson-Mantorville community supports the school district, but during COVID-19 it’s been the other way around as the district’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) club stepped up by helping the community over the last few months of the school year.
The K-M FCCLA chapter did that by making masks and distributing them around the community or giving them to medical personnel to use as needed. They also created snack baskets for nurses, May Day baskets, thank you cards, inspirational sidewalk art and delivered flowers and groceries.
It all started when the Minnesota FCCLA State Officers encouraged chapters around the state to join their “Each One Reach One” campaign, which began in April in association with Global Youth Service Day, April 17-19.
When the K-M chapter heard about it, they were eager to jump on the bandwagon.
“Our chapter thought it would be a positive way to help the community while respecting social distancing and keeping everyone safe and healthy,” said freshman Katie Harfmann, a FCCLA South East Peer Educator.
K-M chapter secretary Taylor Ludvigsen said their advisor brought the idea to the chapter, but it was chapter members who led the coordination and completion of the campaign.
The K-M chapter used their creativity to make their campaign unique.
“The group really took the initial idea and put their own twists on the service projects, which is what we wanted. They have been working hard to make a difference in our community,” Harfmann said.
Another objective, she said, was to brighten the community’s spirit during such a tough time.
“The goal of this campaign was to reach as many people as we could and do even the smallest thing to make their day a little bit better,” she said.
She added that their quantifiable goal was to help 2,000 people, but surpassing that would be even better.
To reach that goal, Harfmann knew she had to actively take part in the campaign.
“It is crucial that as many people as [possible are] involved and our group does as much as we can so we impact the greatest number possible,” she said.
Helping others was also the motivation behind Ludvigsen’s involvement in the campaign.
“Personally, I know how scary of a time this can be for everyone so I just wanted to be able to give someone a little sign of goodness and just a moment to think of the good rather than all of the scary things going on right now with Covid-19,” she said.
Due to the pandemic, the chapter made making masks one of its priorities.
Harfmann said they had about 10 members making masks. Although she’s not sure the exact number of the masks they made, she’s confident they made over 50.
Meanwhile, Ludvigsen participated in the campaign by writing thank you cards.
“I personally wrote letters to all of the high school teachers because I believe that they put in a lot of work to make online schoolwork for all of their students, so I didn’t want their work to go unrecognized,” she said. “I also know some students wrote positive messages in sidewalk chalk and some made little gifts for their neighbors.”
Whether they received gifts, thank you cards or masks, Harfmann said the recipients of the K-M chapter’s work have been very appreciative.
“We have also gotten a lot of positive feedback on social media. People love to see the positivity around the community,” she said. “We are beyond grateful for the recognition and positive messages, [but] we do what we do because we love making a difference and changing lives.”