Even small gifts change lives

Community Connect

Teaching It Forward

Kory Werlinger, Bell State Bank & Trust employee, volunteers at Kennedy Elementary School. When he heard Julie Feske's fourth grade class talking about random acts of kindness, he knew he wanted to give his Pay It Forward: Community Connect funds to the class in order to accomplish a kind act of their own choosing. The class accepted the challenge of finding the perfect recipient for the funds and chose Make-A-Wish Foundation. Not only did the class get to experience a random act of kindness, but they also took away a lifelong memory and lesson.