WE Day Minnesota

Xcel Energy Center- Wednesday, November 12, 2014

How did we get there?

If someone wants to go to WE day, they can't buy a ticket. Students must complete a local communitiy initiative and one with global implications in order to earn their ticket to WE Day Minnesota.

Last year, Lester Prairie National Honor Society, Student Council and Youth Task Force members worked on two "Free the Children" initiatives through WE Act. The first initiative, WE Scare Hunger, asked students to go trick or treating for unperishable food items instead of candy.

During WE Scare Hunger 2013, our students collected 929 pounds of food. In 2014, our students collected and donated over 144 pounds during spring fling, 920 pounds of food during homecoming week and an additional 731 pounds of food during WE Scare Hunger 2014. All donations went to the McLeod County Food Shelf.

Our students also particiipated in WE are Rafiki, where bead chains made by Masaai women in Kenya were sold by students to benefit various causes. Our students collectively raised $900 by selling 90 bead chains. This money went to empower children and families in developing countries. Through this donation, 23 children received a year's worth of school supplies, 23 children received a full year of clean water, 15 children received a month's worth of healthy meals, and 15 children received a year of health care. An additional 14 women were provided with financial tools for economic empowerment. The Student Council and National Honor Society plan to sell beads again later this school year.

Who did we get to see?

Hosts, Speakers and Performers:
  • Governor Mark Dayton
  • Dave Ryan and Big D from KDWB
  • Amelia Santaniello and Frank Vascellaro of WCCO
  • Jesse Giddings of E! News
  • Magic Johnson – NBA legend, two-time hall of famer, philanthropist and co-chair of We Day California
  • Martin Sheen – Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning actor and activist
  • The Band Perry – Award-winning country music group
  • Lt. Colonel Eileen Collins – First female space shuttle commander, retired NASA astronaut and former United States Air Force colonel
  • JR Martinez – Actor, motivational speaker, bestselling author and former U.S. Army soldier and winner of Dancing With The Stars
  • Lennon & Maisy StellaActors and Musicians, who play Maddie and Daphne Conrad on ABC’s “Nashville”
  • Kweku Mandela –Social advocate, filmmaker, and grandson of President Nelson Mandela
  • Clementine Wamariya – Survivor of the Rwandan genocide, Former refugee, Yale graduate, Accomplished public speaker
  • iLuminate – Technology based performance group fusing music, dance and technology
  • Munro Chambers & Ana Golja – Cast members from the Emmy-nominated TV series DEGRASSI
  • Craig and Marc Kielburger – International activists and co-founders of We Day
  • Spencer West – Me to We motivational speaker, Free The Children ambassador and author
  • Ashley Rose Murphy – Motivational youth speaker
  • Robin Wiszowaty – Me to We motivational speaker, author and Free The Children Program Director in Ghana and Kenya
  • Colbie Calliet

WE Day T-Shirts

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What are we asking of you?

The booster club has been so amazing with their support of Lester Prairie students in both fine arts and athetics. We are asking you to consider donating money to pay for a portion of our WE Day t-shirts. We chose orange for our color so that students could wear the shirts during our Olweus Anti-Bullying "Wear Orange" days. We selected the logo because students really liked the message. The advisors appreciated that Lester Prairie students could easily be seen among the 18,000 students at WE Day! The shirts cost $10 each and our total from the printing company is $540. We are requesting any funds you'd be willing to provide to help offset that cost. Because students earned their ticket to WE day through service to our community, we did not want to charge them for the t-shirts. We saw this as a reward for their hard work, and as a potential inspiration to other students who could earn their ticket to WE day next year and beyond! Thank you so much for your consideration!