Coloring books to children brighten the season

Isabelle Long (left) won a bicycle and Emmit Johnson (right) won a stocking with prizes for the pre-K and kindergarten division in a coloring book entry drawing, sponsored by local businesses and the Humboldt-Dakota City Noon Kiwanis. Isabelle, 4, of Dakota City, is a pre-kindergarten student at Mease School. Emmit, 6, of Humboldt, is a kindergartner at Mease. Humboldt Independent photo.

The Humboldt-Dakota City Noon Kiwanis Club didn’t let a health pandemic stop it from its annual mission of helping to spread a little holiday cheer in the community.
Twenty-twenty would have marked 39 straight years of Kiwanis Christmasland in Humboldt.
“After much debate and discussion we decided it would not be feasible or safe to open the attraction to the public this year in the middle of a global health pandemic,” Noon Kiwanis Secretary Kent Thompson said.
“We then discussed ways to help bring the Christmas spirit to the community in safe fashion. We came upon the idea of creating a Kiwanis Christmasland coloring book that we would distribute to elementary age children in the county,” Thompson said. The club enlisted the help of high school art students of Mrs. Justine Hellman to sketch scenes from Kiwanis Christmasland and the coloring books were distributed to about 870 pre-K through fourth grade students in the county. The club solicited contributions from area businesses and individuals in order to purchase bicycles, games, toys and other prizes for six lucky winners. Read more about the story and see more photos in this week's Humboldt Independent.

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