Eighteen-thousand kids brought the energy to St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center Wednesday for We Day. Those who earned their way in through service saw celebs like Magic Johnson, rocked out with today’s hottest musicians and heard inspirational stories from speakers like J.R. Martinez, a soldier injured in Iraq who turned tragedy into strength. “I am where I am because of the support that I received from my community, and that empowered me not to hide behind a curtain, but instead show the world my scars and be proud of them,” Martinez said.
n the last year, Minnesota kids participating in We Day projects have spent 14.6 million hours volunteering, and collected 5.6 million pounds of food. This was no ordinary school day. And these are no ordinary students.
The stars aren’t usually up for 7 a.m. red carpets, but luckily the crowd had no problem bringing up their energy! A group of students were chanting and cheering right from the very beginning. The Band Perry put it perfectly: “Coffee and loud kids, that’s all you need in the morning.”
Before We Day Minnesota kicks off Wednesday, the people behind the event celebrated those who made it possible. We Day Minnesota, which will begin Wednesday, is an event complete with a concert and speakers for 500 schools and 18,000 students at Xcel Energy Center.
The charity effort that celebrates kids who make a difference is returning to Minnesota Wednesday. Instead of a day in school, 20,000 students will experience the ultimate concert and speaker series known as We Day. Co-founder Marc Kielburger said Minnesota is the obvious place to celebrate kids who are changing their communities and the world.
Over the last year, we’ve seen what We Day can do to inspire teenagers. The concert celebration returns to the Xcel Energy Center Wednesday, but the setup and rehearsals are already underway.
Some trick-or-treaters were hunting for more than just candy on Friday. Students across the state collected canned food for We Scare Hunger. It’s one way to earn a ticket to We Day at the Xcel Energy Center.
Middle and high school students from South St. Paul’s Youth Task Force organized Saturday’s “Pumpkin Chunkin.”
Kids will be trick or treating for more than just candy on Halloween this week. Many will be collecting non-perishable food items for “We Scare Hunger” — a drive to help fill food banks sponsored by Free the Children. But some adults are getting a head start. The doctor’s office can be a scary place, but Entira Family Clinics are helping to scare away hunger.
We’re just three weeks away from the second annual “We Day” concert at the Xcel Energy Center. It’s a reward for teenagers who spend time doing volunteer work in the community. Tickets aren’t for sale — you have to earn them through work on a community service project. Carly Rae Jepsen and the Jonas Brothers performed at Minnesota’s first We Day last year.
We Day Minnesota announced the lineup of inspirational speakers and performers that will be attending this year’s event Thursday.
On a night that’s devoted to costumes, candy and finding ways to be scary, we’re now seeing kids showing concern about something that’s truly horrifying: hunger. It’s an effort called “We Scare Hunger” and it’s led by the same people who started We Day.
Rosemount High School is known for their fine arts, and music in particular. Their marching band has played at the Rose Parade in California, for the world-champion Minnesota Lynx and even at last year’s We Day at the Xcel Energy Center.
As school districts gear up for a new year, many across Minnesota are also getting ready for the return of We Day. It hits the Xcel Energy Center on Nov. 12.
Thousands of students across Minnesota have been collecting coins since last fall with one thought in mind: They want to help build schools for children in other countries who have no access to education.
This year, many of the kids who ring your doorbell will be asking if you have any non-perishable foods that you’d like to donate to a food shelf. It’s a community service effort that comes directly out of We Day Minnesota.
The We Day movement continues on as Ogilvie High School felt motivated to wear orange on Wednesday, in honor of putting an end to bullying — orange is the bullying awareness hue. Teachers, staff and students participated, and the school embraced We Day as a 365-day commitment, according to school counselor Kelly Hallberg.
Some 18,000 were mesmerized by the music at the first ever We Day at the Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday. But they were also transfixed by the message from a 62-year-old American who became the Queen of Jordan.
No matter what your interest– music, politics, entertainment, or kids just overcoming the odds — We Day had something to move you. WCCO-TV’s Aristea Brady was at Tuesday’s event, and said the quality of the day’s speakers was consistent and constantly inspiring.
Amazing, inspirational and life-changing. Those are just a few of the words being used to describe the first We Day Minnesota. Carly Rae Jepson capped off a fantastic event with 18,000 students and teachers at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center. The kids earned their way to We Day by planning one global and one local service project.
It’s finally We Day, something students in Minnesota have been looking forward to for months. The first half of the day was filled with excitement, and the second half didn’t disappoint.
It’s finally We Day, something students in Minnesota have been looking forward to for months. About 18,000 students and teachers came to the Xcel Energy Center to listen to live music and hear words from inspirational speakers.
A host of individuals and organizations helped bring We Day to the Twin Cities, and on the night before the big event, organizers took time to say thank you. Co-chairs of We Day sponsored the bash for the countless volunteers and individuals who gave so much to bring We Day to Minnesota.
We Day, a charity-based music event that started in Canada, invades the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Tuesday. Eighteen-thousand kids from 400 Minnesota schools are attending, and the only way they could get a ticket is by helping others. Volunteers have been working around the clock to get the event together. According to Dean Phillips, co-chair of We Day Minnesota, the Twin Cities is the first city in the Midwest to host this global event.
Spend some time with Free the Children founder Craig Kielburger, and you can feel the 30-year-old Canadian activist’s passion.