in the fall.’ Then we started crying. We hadn’t really expected that it would be so emotional.” When the students first went back this fall, many residents had their pots, and the bulbs had bloomed, as hoped. Anchor members continue to go to Oak Hills every other week, to visit, sing, do projects, and—at the request of residents— lead devotions.
Harvest Hoedown 2010: Last fall, Anchor raised $550 for
breast cancer at the Harvest Hoedown. At the farm of a local family, the Krohns, 165 MLC students carved pumpkins, made caramel apples, played autumn games, had archery contests, gave prizes for best costumes, warmed themselves at the bonfires, and enjoyed some line dancing in the barn.
Minnesota Historical Society Documentary: The
society asked Anchor members to help shoot a documentary on the history of New Ulm music and dancing since WWII. “We went downtown four consecutive Mondays to learn the dances—waltz, tango, polka, and foxtrot,” Aaron says. “Then we interviewed people of that generation about music and dancing. They told us that they didn’t have Facebook then, of course. Their social life included dancing at George’s Ballroom, the Gibbon Ballroom, places like that.
Some of them met their spouses at these things.” The documentary is available for viewing at the public library.
Hermann Park Cleanup: Garbage pickup and a picnic after. Glow-in-the-Dark Kickball Tournament: Seventy MLC students played from 10 pm to midnight.
School Supplies for South America: They took a collection of used school supplies from New Ulm private and public schools to send to Colombia.
Duve says the project ideas keep coming in, some from students and many from the community, thanks to recent press in the New Ulm Journal. The spring calendar includes a 5K Run-Walk for Alzheimer’s, a Beach Bash, and another Casino Night. But the club isn’t only about reaching out. It’s also about gathering in. “This is a club that brings a lot of different people together,” Aaron says. “Coming to this school, we have a common mission, and this club magnifies that mission. Through Anchor, different kinds of people work together and have fun together doing it. It doesn’t matter if you’re friends going in. You’re definitely friends going out.”
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