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Starting out the school year right

Rosemount Middle School student Danielle Kniefel organized a clothing drivng in the Evermore Glendalough neighborhood to help kids go back to school feeling confident. She recruited a few friends including Regan Hansen, Olivia Gernandt and Alex Kniefel to help her.

With a backpacks full of school supplies and a few new clothes to wear, kids left the 360 Communities Rosemount Family Resource Center Aug. 28 ready for the new school year.

Volunteer coordinator Shira Rabinowicz said the resource center provided back-to-school supplies to roughly 145 students. Those served ranged in age from kindergarteners to high school students. Dakota County Public Health provided fluoride treatments to students as well.

"The goal is to start the school year off right," said Rabinowicz of the center's Jumpstart to School event.

This year's event included an opportunity to pick up some new duds, thanks to a project put together by Danielle Kniefel. The Rosemount Middle School student organized a children's clothes drive in the Evermore Glendalough neighborhood. She also recruited friends to help her sort and distribute the clothes.

"I wanted my clothes to go to a better cause," said Kniefel of why she organized the drive.

The clothing drive was a huge success. In fact, Kniefel seemed surprised by the response.

"It took all day to sort all the clothes," said Kniefel.

Kniefel said the kids who received clothes seemed happy.

Overall, Rabinowicz said the goal of the back-to-school event is to prepare kids to have a successful school year.

"The goal is to heighten their self-esteem for their first day of school," said Rabinowicz.

The school supplies were donated to the resource center by individuals and businesses in the community. Rabinowicz said the annual event fosters the sense that the community cares about all of its kids.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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