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Published December 11, 2012, 09:48 PM

A pay it forward gift allows students to keep a tradition going

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It's a pay it forward gift that will impact countless lives and one that truly represents the season of giving.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It's a pay it forward gift that will impact countless lives and one that truly represents the season of giving.

For the past 12 years, Susan Klabunde has taken groups of her 6th graders from Cheney Middle School to visit seniors at Eventide and Sheyenne Crossings.

This year, the money ran out for the trips so Gus Stahl from Bell State Bank, stepped forward with a 1-thousand dollar pay it forward gift, to keep it going.

The students visit their older friends and also often sing, dance and do craft projects. For the students it's a valuable link to the past that's created some great relationships and they've learned some valuable lessons.

6th grader, Parker Faris, says, "You can hear what it's like and learn from the problems that they had when they were kids so if they make a mistake like not acting happy when they got a christmas present, that you can act happy if you get underwear for instance."

Some of Mrs. Klabunde's students have continued their volunteer work, long after leaving the class.

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