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Mladek said she doesn’t know how many people to expect, since tickets will only be sold the day of the event, or how much money they’ll make. But the community’s response has been positive so far.
“It’s really interesting the kind of reach that it’s getting,” said Mladek. “There’s just a lot of nostalgia about that time.”
Proceeds from the event will go toward several Restorative Justice Council projects, such as funding two “peace guides” at Kaposia Education Center and Lincoln Center Elementary. Peace guides spend four hours a day at the schools, helping kids work toward peaceful solutions to problems.
“I think the great thing about the peace guides ... is they are on the playground,” said Mladek. “So they are able to help students with friendship issues, with respecting each other and to stop bullying, and to work on communication and listening.”
The council also helps fund “responsive classroom” training for teachers and other school programs, Mladek said. It has several more traditional fundraisers each year, but “this is the first time we’ve done anything different.”
For Glewwe, the tour is a way to explore what makes South St. Paul unique.
“South St. Paul is a very interesting suburb, very different from everyone around us,” she said. “What I wanted the Twin Cities to recognize is we were much more than a cow town.”
Erin Adler • 952-746-3283