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Old 04-20-2013, 12:11 PM   #346
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Default MMTPT247~Destination Station

This week our destination is Evansville, MN. If you would like a destination for your card, how about sending it to Barb. Barb has been brought to our attention by fellow Teapotter/SCSer Dorothy etsdes who found an article about her in the local paper.

Since 1995, Barb and members of her club have spread sunshine by making and distributing more than 47,000 greeting cards to people who are ill, mourning, lonely or struggling with other adversity in their lives. For Barb, helping students become more caring and kind toward others is part of her calling as a teacher.

“God gave me a job to do teaching these kids how to read, write and do math, but I believe he also wants me to teach them how to treat others,” she says.

The Kindness Club started in 1995 in Evansville (pop. 612) when Barb’s fourth-grade students decided to make get-well cards for a retired schoolteacher who became ill shortly after visiting their class as a guest speaker. Her subsequent thank-you letter prompted smiles and thoughtful reflection from the children.

Eighteen years and 316 students later, Barb now teaches first grade and is shepherding the school’s first-graders as the newest ambassadors of the Evansville Kindness Club. Inducted as lifetime members on the first day of school last fall, each student was presented a certificate bearing the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

During their twice-weekly meetings, Barb and the children discuss the importance of playing together, including others, following rules and complimenting people. The club’s primary activity, however, continues to be creating handmade cards to lift the spirits of others—often with life-changing results.

Barb recalls how one former student disliked making cards and displayed a poor attitude and sloppy work during club meetings—until his babysitter was killed in a car accident and his class responded with a bundle of sympathy cards. “He delivered the cards and saw what they meant to the family,” she says. “The next year, he often stopped in to let me know about someone who could use a card, as do many other club alumni.”

So we have decided to make her an honorary Teapotter and send thank you cards to her for her dedication to teaching the Lord's way.

Here is the address to mail your card:

Barb Bratvold
c/o Evansville Kindness Club
P.O. Box 40
Evansville, MN 56326

Thank you from Dorothy and thank you from me!

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