Children learn about giving

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt The generous preschoolers at Kids Xcel stand with their recommended donations to the Food Shelf. Kids Xcel staff Diana Carter and Sheryl Peters (left) have been teaching the four and five-year-olds about nutrition. Sarah and Eric Warmka (right) purchased the food and gifts with a Thrivent Action Team donation.

NEW ULM — Pre-K children at Kids Xcel learned about the seasonal spirit of giving Thursday morning.

Through a Thrivent Action Team donation of $500 the kids helped donate to the Food Shelf and Santa’s Closet.

Sarah and Eric Warmka applied for an Thrivent Action Team donation and were accepted. The Warmkas’ son attends Kids Xcel, and it was decided to use the donation as a learning opportunity for the young kids.

“We want to teach kids at a young age to give back and take care of neighbors,” Sarah Warmka said in an email to the Journal.

Of the $500 donated through Thrivent, $250 was used to purchase food for the Food Shelf. The Kids Xcel students helped make a list of healthy food items to donate. The staff at Kids Xcel has been educating the children about healthy nutrition. Next week a Hy-Vee dietician will come in to teach them about healthy foods and make a healthy snack with them.

The remaining $250 was used to purchase toys for Santa’s Closet to ensure every child got a Christmas present this year. The children also made Christmas cards to go with each of the donations.

Thursday morning the Warmkas brought the donated items to the classroom, and the children each got see what items were purchased based on their suggestions. It was an exciting chance for the pre-schoolers to give back.


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