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Westside first-graders’ project helps ‘beautify’ public library

First-graders from Westside Elementary brought their decorated flowerpots to the West Fargo Public Library on Friday, April 22. Photo by Josh Francis

First-grade students from Westside Elementary School recently helped to “beautify” the West Fargo Public Library.

The five first-grade classes traveled to the library on Friday, April 22, after spending time earlier in the week decorating flowerpots to be placed inside and outside of the library building.

The students chose the project after earning 600 “paw tickets.” Students earn paw tickets for positive behavior. Those tickets can be cashed in on a service learning project somewhere in the community.

“We kind of talked about ways that were helping our community, help beautify, help the library, help kids come to the library and have a fun place to go,” said McKinzie Knapp, Westside first-grade teacher. “They can feel like they’re making the library kind of a fun environment.”

After the students dropped off their flowerpots at the library’s front desk, they were given a tour of the facility.

“It was fun because we got to paint these and we got to put little things and we got to put dots,” first-grader Gabby Nelson said of the flower pots. “I really like how we got to do some different stuff with these.”

Other students said they enjoyed working with their classmates on the pots.

“My favorite part was painting these because it was teamwork and we got to do different colors,” said first-grader Emmy Pozienbo.

The first-grade teachers hope the project will encourage students to visit the library during the summer.

Josh Francis

Josh is a general assignment reporter for The Forum and the sports reporter for the West Fargo Pioneer. Josh previously interned as a reporter for the Reading Eagle in Reading, Penn. and worked as a freelance reporter for the Orange County Register in California. He welcomes story ideas via email or phone. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to

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