Kids Learn the True Meaning of Holiday Giving
"This project helps show kids the true meaning of giving," says Susie Munyer, MeritCare community youth coordinator. "Children are often wrapped up in their own lives and don't realize how other people, right here in our community, may be struggling this holiday season."
In 1999, MeritCare became the first corporation in Fargo-Moorhead to adopt a school. Since that time, nearly all of the schools in the Fargo Public School District have been adopted by business partners through the efforts of the Fargo Public School Development Foundation. The decision to adopt Roosevelt, now Horace Mann Roosevelt, was a way to encourage MeritCare employees to get more directly involved with their community and give back in a very important and tangible way – by volunteering their time and talents to help kids stay healthy. Current partnership activities include mentoring, classroom reading, safety and wellness education, career exploration and summer art enrichment. The program is coordinated and funded by MeritCare's Community Connections department.