FARGO — A group of West Fargo elementary school students teamed up with members of a regional memory loss support group on Tuesday, Nov. 19, to tie blankets for people in need during the holidays.

Third through fifth graders in the Gifted and Talented Education program at Westside Elementary School visited First Lutheran Church in Fargo to take part in a service project experience with the Memory Cafe of the Red River Valley

Memory Cafe Founder and teacher Beth Ustanko said it was a chance for students to gain valuable life experience.

"If they, in their future, run up with someone who has memory loss, (they'll know) it's not someone they should be afraid of or someone they should shy away from — they are people just like you and me," she explained.

The inter-generational service project will benefit the Ronald McDonald House and Down Home nonprofit. Representatives from the two organizations arrived at the church Tuesday to collect the finished blankets.

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"They know that we are donating these blankets that they make," Ustanko said. "Not only are they getting to meet new people but they are also able to give back to the community."