North fourth graders at Kindness Retreat

North Elementary fourth graders took part in the annual Kindness Retreat at Johnson Hall (Nicollet County Fairgrounds) on Thursday (April 6), which is an annual event put on by the Youth Frontiers organization. It is a high-energy day to give students tools to develop empathy, promote kindness and prevent bullying, and members of the Saint Peter High School National Honor Society volunteer to assist with the event each year. 

According to Youth Frontiers’ website, “Part of our mission at Youth Frontiers is to reach kids at critical ages to provide them with dynamic experiences that enhance self-awareness, empathy and connectedness.”

Youth Frontiers’ staff members Preston Gunderson and Stephanie Kahle were in charge of this year’s activities at Johnson Hall, and judging by the reaction of the students and staff, it proved to be an educational and fun experience for all!

The Mankato Clinic Foundation provides grants to organizations and initiatives, like North Elementary's annual Kindness Retreat, that promote and improve community health and wellness in the communities the clinic serves. 

Below are some photo highlights from this year's event!