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-! ~ i 5 ) 7) ,, h SINGLE COPY $I.00 VOL. 135 ISSUE 4 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, JULY 26, 2017 ion Photo: Larry Bid Above: John Maxwell plays the National Anthem while Rodney Ebertowski (left) and Paul Mohagen of the Grafton American Legion Post 41 present the American Rag and American Legion Flag before the, N.D. American Legion Class A Divisional Toumament in at Harris Hailiday Reid in Grafton. By Allison Olimb of The Press GRAFTON, N.D. -- North Star Community Cred- it Union in Grafton is working to grow a little kindness in the community. For some kids back-to-school shopping means new shoes, new clothes, school supplies and a new bag to put them in. Some kids are not so lucky. When Nanci Wilson found seven perfectly good backpacks in her son's closet because reusing the same bag year after year was "not cool," an idea was born. As the Education and Training Director at North Star CCU in Grafton, she pitched her idea and Backpack Ex- change was born. Last year, North Star CCU was able to collect 72 backpacks for theft backpack exchange program. On Aug. 8 at 1 p.m. they once again will open theft doors to area youth during theft annual community picnic. "I remember when backpacks were cheap," said Nan- ci. "They're not anymore." This program allows those who may have a few extra backpacks lying around the chance to provide to those who may not. The first year, the Backpack Exchange started off with 23 bags, many of which Nanci said, were purchased for the program. The next year they gathered 56. Now in its fourth year, the recycling program has proved to be a success and Nanci is hoping to collect more backpacks than ever. "The more years we do it, the bigger we get," she said. "We like to have as many as possible because we don't like to turn anyone away." On Aug. 8 when North Star CCU transforms their Photo: Larry Bid office, kids in grades K-4 will line up and one at a time to go into the "store" and select their new bag containing school supplies and coupons from area businesses, all in exchange for a high five for the next kid in line. There is a limit of two backpacks per family, "but after the line has gone through they are able to get back in line if there are more backpacks in our store," Nan- Ci added. Nanci said that they've served kids around the area including Grafton, Park River, and Cavalier. "Anyone is welcome," she said. The program is not limited to members. Anyone interested in donating to the backpack ex- change program can do so at 1225 Hill Ave. in Grafton, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This recycling program also inspired the program Spook-N-Save. North Star CCU also has been able to create a similar event using Halloween costumes. Tt, e Spook-N-Save takes place in October. This spirit of philanthropy at North Star CCU goes beyond recycling and has grown to inspire the next gen- eration of business leaders. One of the most recent programs Nanci developed Left: Nanci Wilson, Education and Training Director at North Star CCU in Grafton, is collecllng backpacks for kids in need from Grafton to Park River and beyond. Backpack Exchange is one of the philanthropic projects that North Star CCU has been developing over the years. North Star CCU Cont. page 6 See page 2 PR Legion takes division See page 7 6 I 4-H spirit shared in Mountain See page 6 Home Sweet Homme See page 12