More than 18,000 Minnesota teens packed the Xcel Energy Center to participate in Minnesota’s first “We Day” Wednesday, Oct. 9.
Dozens of Dist. 279 students were in the thick of the celebrity-packed event that featured a lineup of entertainers and inspirational leaders including the Jonas Brothers and Martin Luther King III.
The day was filled with inspirational messages encouraging those in attendance that they can make a difference through their time and talents. Other poignant moments revealed stories of struggle such as one young woman from Canada who talked about her experiences being bullied in high school and how she found the courage to stop it.
Students from North View Junior High, Basswood, Osseo Senior High, Brooklyn Junior High and the ACHIEVE program were present, knowing their attendance meant they are pledging to participate in volunteer work in the year ahead.
The goal of We Day is to launch a year of action. We Day co-founder Craig Kielburger said he believes We Day shows this generation that it’s possible to change the world and that it’s cool to care.
“Part of our mission as a school district is to inspire and prepare all students to contribute to community,” said Supt. Kate Maguire. “Participating in We Day and in the service projects that follow empowers our students with the confidence and competence to know that regardless of how young or old they are they have the ability to make positive contributions to the local and global community.”