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Letter: New LEGO league challenges kids to think like scientists

Becker County 4-H would like to thank the following people and organizations for donating time and materials to allow a partnership between 4-H, Roosevelt Elementary School, and the Detroit Lakes Middle School to offer a FIRST LEGO League for fourth- and fifth-graders during after-school hours.

Steel Wood Supply helped provide materials to build two portable tables or "playing fields" for the LEGO models and robots that are built by the youth. Mike Wendt volunteered his time and energy to build the tables and delivered them to the school within a short time.

Casey Bekkerus volunteered to co-coach the FIRST LEGO League team during its first year, which has been a learning curve! Roosevelt Elementary and DL Middle School staff have readily taken time out of their days to ensure the program's success.

Jenn Smith allowed this program to happen through a grant she applied for, and without her and the Rossman Elementary LEGO coaches support (Tom Trowbridge and Guy Roberts), FIRST LEGO League would not be possible. I am grateful to be part of a community who passionately supports enriching and educational opportunities for its youth.

-- Leigh Nelson-Edwards, Becker County 4-H program coordinator