Third-graders at Riverside Elementary School may now have an easier time talking with their grandparents and other senior citizens after a visit from 37-year-old Cyndi-Lee Mack -- Mrs. Minnesota of America of 2000.
This was Mack's first visit to Brainerd and she spoke to students about what they can do in their community to help senior citizens. Her main focus in her reign is yesterday's youths. She visits schools and nursing homes in the state to try to bring the generations together.
Mack, of Eden Prairie, said it is important for youths to talk with the elderly to find out more about them. She said people in nursing homes enjoy visiting with children.
Students shared stories with Mrs. Minnesota about their grandparents.
Tayler Satre said her great-grandmother is in a nursing home with Alzheimer's disease. She said she is saddened when her great-grandmother doesn't remember her.
"You don't always know what is going on in a person's head, but don't be scared," said Mack. "If you are with an adult they will not let anything happen to you."
Many of the students said they learned something from the visit. Third-grader Austin Metzger said young people should help out the older people, even if they don't know them.
Student Megan Mitchell said she learned that the younger generation should be nicer to the older generation. Third-grader Adam Felten said he plans to visit his grandparents more often.
Mack also participated in the WJJY radiothon at the Westgate Mall. Funds raised are used to help end child abuse.
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