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'Find the Kind' spreads to Cities

Two Harbors DECA students pose with yellow glasses and a "Find the Kind" banner with Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan inside the Capitol. (Submitted photo)1 / 3
Two Harbors DECA students fill the coach bus storage area with bags of blankets they then donated at the Dorothy Day Place in St. Paul. (Submitted photo)2 / 3
TwinsFest attendees sign the "Find the Kind" banner at the DECA booth at Target Field. (Submitted photo)3 / 3

Have you found the kind yet?

The Two Harbors DECA chapter's social media campaign is well underway and has reached approximately 29 countries since its kick-off Jan. 2. And it caught some attention from more local bigwigs.

On Friday, Jan. 25, the DECA chapter traveled to the Twin Cities at the invitation of Gov. Tim Walz, who heard about the challenge from some DECA members in November while on a visit to Silver Bay. He invited the delegation to tour the Capitol while helping him complete his challenge.

"It was really cool because we got to go with while he handed out doughnuts to members of the staff all over the Capitol," DECA member Claire Sweatte said. "It was so cool to see how far we'd come, starting out in a small classroom at Two Harbors High School, to then be meeting the governor."

The campaign encourages individuals and groups to make an intentional act of kindness, then make a short video or photo post talking about it, while wearing the challenge's signature yellow glasses and using the hashtag #findthekind. Participants are also encouraged to make a donation to the National Civility Association for the purpose of organizing civility summits in U.S. high schools.

Following the trip to the governor's office, the DECA students stopped at the Dorothy Day Place in St. Paul to drop off their donation. Last week, the students organized a blanket drive and donated an estimated 500 blankets to the homeless shelter.

"Since we were going down there to do all these things, we wanted to make sure we did something kind along the way, too," DECA adviser Janelle Jones said. "We managed to fill up the storage section of the charter bus with the bags and bags of blankets."

On Saturday, Jan. 26, and Sunday, Jan. 27, the DECA students were invited to host their own booth during TwinsFest at Target Field, an annual event for Minnesota Twins fans to meet past and current team players. Jones reached out to the organizers about the students' campaign and they were invited to take part in the festivities.

At the festival, students handed out yellow glasses, talked with people about the challenge and took their pledges to participate. Some filmed videos with the glasses right away.

"There were thousands of people who came through and took the challenge," DECA student Riley Larson said. "It was so cool and we had so much fun with every part of it."

A few of the DECA students got to meet current Twins catcher Jason Castro and joined him for a half-hour radio broadcast at the event.

"They did a great job representing the project and talking about it," Jones said. "I'm excited to see how the challenge spreads now, as it's already made some great waves."

To find out more about the challenge, visit findthekind.us or search for #findthekind on social media.

Teri Cadeau

Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. 

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