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CEM 2017

12th annual Christian Elder Memorial was a huge success!

John Elder and his team had a fantastic ride on 3 trails in Minnesota, raising over $41,000 for Kids ‘n Kinship! Many thanks to the riders, drivers and all the Christian Elder Memorial donors! Special thanks to Merchants Bank of Apple Valley, title sponsor and hosts of the welcome home party, and to Media Relations for media coverage.

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14870 Granada Avenue #127
Apple Valley MN, 55124
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Thank you to this Quarter's Donors!

Thank You Individual Donors

Andrew Abeyta Barb Andersen
Barb Choban Betsy Hovland
Beverly & Richard Mayer David and Joyce Anderson
Debra Alt Drew Hendrickson & Linnea Pratt
Gary & Cynthia Webb Heather Seifert
Hillary Swanson Holly & Mark Roth
Jan & Dave Belmore Jan Cady
Janet Lekson Jason Ash
Jeffrey & Dianne Frick Jenna Rangel

Thank You Individual Donors

Judy Olhoft Karen & John Peters
Karen Anderson Karla & Allan Kosel
Kelly McCarragher Ken Koty
Kirsten & Gordon Storlie Lanny & Millie Stapp
Lawrence & Bev Stirtz Linda Ferguson
Linda Harty Lisa & Matthew Wendt
Logan Mortenson Marlene Robertson
Martha & Chris Hoyt Melinda Staff

Thank You Individual Donors

Mike & Lisa Pelzel Monte & Lisa Amundson
Nellie & Jim Gosh Pamela Garvey
Philip and Sharon Lindau Rita Younger
Robert & Gail Weinholzer Roger & Melinda Martin
Scott Berres Staci Poole
Susan Ojeda-Collins Taud Hoopingarner
Tim & Jan Menning Timothy & Denise Lutz
Wendy Haroldson & Missy Boyd

Thank You Donors

Amazon Smiles donors Ameriprise Financial
Apple Valley American Legion Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Dakota Electric Association FICO % Karen Anderson
Grace Lutheran Church Endowment Fund MN Energy Resources
MN Vikings Prince of Peace Church
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church The Nerdery
Thomson Reuters % Jerod Lass Thrivent % Bob Ward, Jim Gosh
Thrivent % Dave Belmore, Joel Carberry Thrivent Action Team % Dawn Kalb
Valley Natural Foods Youth Intervention Prevention

Thank You In-Kind Donors

Advanced Imaging Solutions
Apple Valley American Legion Auxiliary
Eagan Mom's Bible Study
Media Relations
Papa John's Eagan Cliff Road
Patty Perfetti
Shepherd of the Valley

A look back to the summer of '14

We caught up with this active match before an 8 mile bike ride. Josh and his mentor Brad take frequent bike rides around the city lakes or where ever their interests take them. When I asked Brad what he liked most about Josh, he said "Josh likes to try new things - and we have done lots of things Josh has never done before. Also he is very curious and aware - he is inquisitive and he doesn't miss a thing!

We asked Josh a similar question: What do you like most about Brad? Josh said, "Well that will take about 5 hours to answer because there is so much! Together we like biking and running and seeing the city and then we started playing a bean bag toss game. I always beat him. Always." Brad piped up "Well not always.

Rick’s Community Bike Sale

Saturday, May 13

Rick's Bike Sale a HUGE success
Record breaking sale of 366 bikes resulting in nearly $35,000 to benefit Kids 'n Kinship.

Thanks to Rick and Randy (pictured) for all their work for the sale and all the many volunteers who assisted.  A special thanks to Superior Service /Goodyear Apple Valley for the use of their space for the sale.

Ricks Bike Sale

Kids and Cooking

Monday, May 22, 2017

Cooking.  Most of us do it on a regular basis, but have you done it with your mentee? Cooking together provides many valuable lessons and keeps their brains and hands busy!!

Teaching Your Child to Cook: 7 Surprising Benefits of Cooking with Kids

Most children have phases during childhood when baking or cooking is a keen interest. This natural curiosity provides adults with the perfect opportunity to capitalize on a great learning experience--the art and science of cooking.
Sadly, many American adults do not cook, citing lack of knowledge, not enough time to cook or shop, or having someone else in charge of cooking. In a world where home cooked meals equal healthier fare, teaching kids to cook is a critical element….

Not only are kids of all ages interested in what goes on in the kitchen, there are many benefits from getting involved. Here's just a short list of the wisdom that gets passed on when kids cook:
1. Math Skills: Doubling a recipe requires addition (or multiplication) skills, halving it requires division, and recipe fractions like 1/2 cup and 3/4 teaspoon bring math applications into the kitchen. Often, kids don't recognize they are practicing math!
2. Comprehension:Reading and understanding step-by-step directions, adding ingredients in sequence, and techniques such as folding and blending, are all important components to yielding the finished food product. Helping your child fine tune his reading comprehension skills at the same time doesn't hurt!
3. Real Life Science: Cooking is a science experiment. Too much salt, baking powder, not enough flour, or the wrong timing and you're likely to have a flop on your hands. Cooking provides an opportunity for kids to get hands-on experience with basic science.
4. Self-Esteem: Cooking allows kids to get instant feedback, which helps them learn and grow in self-knowledge. Learning a new skill, such as baking or cooking, is known to help grade school children with healthy self-esteem development.
5. Communication: A relaxed atmosphere in the kitchen offers an opportunity to talk, about anything! Adults can take advantage of this, especially with teens, as communication is a key element in a well-adjusted, healthy child.
6. Life Skills: Cooking is a life skill, much like driving a car, learning to read, or swimming. As children grow and get closer to adulthood, the job of feeding becomes theirs. Start the cooking lessons at a young age so the transition to adult cook is easy later on.
7. Fun! Last but not least, cooking is fun! Having fun with a child in the kitchen builds positive memories, good vibes, and good food. With all the benefits of teaching kids to cook, and no limits with starting, what are you waiting for?

In addition,

Exposure to scratch cooking helps kids develop a mature palate and a taste for fresh, wholesome ingredients. The earlier kids become accustomed to nutritious foods, the less likely they will acquire a taste for processed foods.
Kids are much more likely to eat what they make. Is there anything more fun than eating your art project? Cooking creates a sense of ownership. When kids help in the kitchen there are fewer meal-time battles and more willingness to try new foods.
Meals prepared from scratch usually contain more nutrients and fewer calories, chemicals and sweeteners than pre-packaged foods and restaurant meals.
Cooking together provides a natural way to discuss nutrition and the impact that food choices have on the environment. The more educated children are about food, the more likely they will appreciate your suggestions to eat something healthy.
Spending time in the kitchen gives them confidence. Kids thrive on feeling accomplished. Cooking is an ideal way to boost self-worth and teach responsibility. There is nothing cuter than watching children proudly serving their food to others.
Preparing meals together means quality time. Cooking with children when they are young offers an opportunity to communicate with them on a regular basis. Your time chatting and cooking in the kitchen together becomes even more important as they reach the adolescent and teenage years.
What else do they learn? Science, language, counting, fractions, budgeting, weighing, sequencing, measuring, problem-solving, sharing, fine motor skills, reader, and learning about other cultures- to name just a few important things!
Excerpt from Easy Meals to Cook with Kids by Julie Negrin © 2010

 Are you curious now?  Here are some web sites with some great ideas!! 

If you try some ideas here, be sure to send me a picture!!  

Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota

Kids 'n Kinship has achieved Expert Partner status through Mentoring Partnership Minnesota's Quality Mentoring Assesment Path (QMAP) and has a 100% overall implementation rating on an extensive list of best practices and quality standards for mentoring programs. We are 1 of only 9 other programs to earn this distinguished rating under these rigorous guidelines.


Medical Monkeys

Kids 'n Kinship wishes to acknowledge the partnership with Medical Monkeys. Funds received from the purchase of the Medical Monkeys goes towards finding mentors for our waiting youth.

Kids 'n Kinship wishes to acknowledge the generous support of Mail Pack and Ship, Apple Valley and their wonderful donation of printing of our newsletter, and Media Relations, Inc for their pro bono work on publicity.