A little old blizzard did not deter the organizers or participants (some on cross country skis) for yesterday’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk. Justin Stets was the MC and Northfield HCI czar Zach Pruitt was beauty on duty, as this year’s charitable recipient was the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative Mini-Grants Program.
See the album of 14 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:
Here’s a 45-second video of the start of the run/walk:
I happened upon members of the Northfield Mentoring Coalition having a working breakfast at The Tavern yesterday morning. They appeared to be having too much fun.
4/16 update – Names/orgs added: L to R: Beth Berry (Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes – TORCH), Zach Pruitt (Northfield Healthy Community Initiative), Linda Oto (Connected Kids), Kathy Lansing (Project Friendship), Greg Zweber (Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota), Jenna Herzog (Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota), Kevin Krein (Main Street Mentors – Northfield Union of Youth), Laura Riehle-Merrill (Carleton College Acting in the Community Together Center), Josh Hinnenkamp (Main Street Mentors – Northfield Union of Youth), Susan Sanderson (Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes – TORCH), Cheryl Strike (Connected Kids).
HCI’s Zach Pruitt has a blog post about the new Northfield Youth Micro-Grant Program being run by the Union of Youth. Five new business plans are being developed.
In a recent issue of the Northfield News, Jenna Herzog of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota has a commentary titled Mentoring benefits the Big as much as the Little.
The Northfield Public Library is a recruitment center for the Northfield Mentoring Coalition. I blogged about my becoming a mentor last fall for Connected Kids program. I continue to be impressed at how well it’s run.