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MeritCare Celebrates End-of-Year with School Field Day

Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 26, from 12:15-2:30 p.m., MeritCare is hosting the 11th annual Field Day through our Adopt-A-School partnership with Horace Mann Roosevelt Elementary.

(Fargo, N.D.) – Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 26, from 12:15-2:30 p.m., MeritCare is hosting the 11th annual Field Day through our Adopt-A-School partnership with Horace Mann Roosevelt Elementary. Each year MeritCare employees volunteer to help organize and coach activities including tug-of-war contests, gunny sack relays and egg races. The festivities will take place outdoors at the Roosevelt Elementary campus at 1026 10th St. N., Fargo.

"Over the last eleven years our program has really grown. We have mentored over 145 students and now have over 50 MeritCare staff who help with the program," said Susie Munyer, MeritCare community youth coordinator. "This is a time to celebrate the students' achievements and our great partnership."

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 Elementary, was based on America's Promise. It encourages MeritCare employees to become 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, dental screening, safety and wellness education, and career exploration. The program is coordinated by MeritCare's Community Connections department.