The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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July 12, 2013

Middle-schooler raises money for Project for Teens

MANKATO — The heat and humidity Friday were a couple of great reasons to stop by Connor Bergs' pink lemonade and popcorn stand on Park Place in Mankato.

The sign, indicated where the proceeds would go, was another great reason.

For a couple of hours Friday afternoon the soon-to-be eighth-grader at Dakota Meadows Middle School decided to raise some money for Project for Teens. He'd seen the group give a presentation when he was in sixth grade, and it just kind of stuck with him.

Project for Teens visits sixth-graders and eighth-graders and conducts frank discussions about sex and making good life decisions. Bergs said he liked the message, and he wanted to help out.

He didn't have a fundraising goal, he said. Any amount he raised would be be helpful.

“I like helping out with fundraisers,” he said.

Mary Nelson, the East High School Project for Teens coordinator, heard about Bergs' plan, was impressed with his generous spirit, and decided to come to his house and help out.

She said the lemonade stand is the kick-off to a larger fundraising effort, which will include her and others running in Mankato Marathon to raise funds for Project for Teens.

To make a donation, visit, click on the “Charity” tab, and then click on the Project for Teens icon.


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