On a serious note, Kramer loves coming to Kids Against Hunger because, in addition to getting her out of her Mankato East High School building, she gets a chance to help people around the world and in her own community, and learn some job skills at the same time.
Kramer is part of the Mankato Area Public Schools' community based work experience program. It is designed for students in special education and aims to give them work skills to Air Max Thea Tumblr White allow them to successfully find work when they leave high school.
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"It feels good helping people from a different country," she said.
At Kids Against Hunger, they do what so many members of the community have done: package meals for shipment to Haiti or some other poverty stricken nation, or even down the street to the ECHO Food Shelf.
"We want to help the community any way we can," Smisek said. "We're not just about helping people in other countries. We want people to know we help our community, too."
"At least I get to get out of Mr. K's class," she joked.
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Kids Against Hunger has been on the list of participating businesses for several years. Right now that list includes Minnesota State University's food services, University Bookstore, hilltop Hy Vee, Again Thrift Store, Social Security and Administration, Pet Expo, Hilltop Florist and the Pathstone Day Activity Center.
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Every day a handful of students from the program come to Kids Against Hunger or one of the other participating businesses. They'll spend Nike Air Max Tavas 40 5
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half their day at school either East or West and then the other half on site.
In Kramer's case, she puts on her apron and hairnet and helps put food directly into Kids Against Hunger's well known packaging. She seals the bags up, fills a cardboard box and uses packing tape to make sure it's shut.
Kids Against Hunger Coordinator Mark Smisek said they enjoy being a part of the community based work experience program because it falls in line with their mission to give back to the community.
"They are the backbone of the program," said Mark Stewart, who oversees the community based work experience program.
Built into the program is the idea of variety. Once Kramer is done at Kids Against Hunger, she'll be transitioned to another place where she'll learn new skills that, one day, will help her get a job in the real world.
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