Kids love to help, just ask them
Kids often get a bad rap. When something negative occurs, kids often catch the blame unjustly.
Kids love to help those in need. Just ask them.
It was very inspirational the past two weeks to see Blooming High School students show random acts of kindness to their elders. These Blooming Prairie kids are special in that they really care about their roots.
During Homecoming Week, the royal court and Awesome Blossom cheerleaders paid a visit to the residents of the Prairie Manor Care Center. King Gabe Hagen, Queen Virdiana Villarreal and their court visited with the residents. The court served as a backdrop for some "Go Blossom" yells echoed by some peppy cheerleaders.
What a beautiful gesture it was to have these young students show they care about these nursing home residents.
Earlier in the week, the Awesome Blossom varsity football team helped out a cheerleader of sorts for many years, LeMar Nelson. LeMar has been writing Blooming Prairie sports stories for the last 27 years.
Health issues have slowed LeMar down, and he has been caringly moved closer to his family in Minneapolis.
The move by LeMar has made him put his home up for sale and deplete his ownings in his house near the high school. Some of his furniture needed to be moved from the basement to the garage for an upcoming garage sale.
The football team (27 players) responded by moving LeMar's heavy furniture to a new location in 11 minutes.
What a gesture!
Just last week, Sandra Christianson of F & M State Bank was concerned about moving some heavy flower pots inside before a frost arrived.
She was outside and noticed some cross country runners passing by. She asked the runners' coach, John Bruns, if his team could help. "Give us 15 minutes," he told her. Within fewer than 15 minutes, Coach Bruns and two of his female runners moved the flower pots out of the cold.
Again, what a gesture!
There's another example coming. Varsity volleyball coach Ranell Kittelson brought her team members to Prairie Manor to "hang out" with some residents.
Ten residents gathered in a semi circle to visit with the volleyball players who formed a circle of their own. Residents asked the juniors and seniors when they were graduating and what were their plans after high school.
A gentleman told the students about his teaching days and encouraged the players to go onto college. A woman resident talked about her involvement in 4-H. "How many of you have baled hay?" she asked. Many hands went up.
"Listen to our teachers and stay in school," another resident urged the students. "Go for your dreams," another said.
"It's great to learn from other generations about hard work, relationships and dedication," said Coach Kittelson.
"What did you guys do for a job?" asked senior Riauna Bishop. "I was in sales," a woman responded.
"It's always a pleasure to have a visit by these young kids," said former teacher Eugene Wollschlager.
These are just some of the acts of kindness we see exhibited by our Blooming Prairie kids. Well played, Blossoms.