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Little Lambs receive new 'pet'

Wells Fargo Bank presented Little Lambs Learning Center with a new "pet" Jan. 27. Mollie is a four foot tall stuffed animal and is one of the limited edition Wells Fargo horses.

The children were very excited to learn that Mollie was coming to live at preschool and they immediately began discussing how they were going to feed and care for their new horse. Some suggestions were made to turn the framed-in dramatic play area into a stable for her to live in. Mollie is sure to be well-loved and taken care of in her new home.

Little Lambs Learning Center is a Christian preschool affiliated with Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Blackduck. This is the center's fifth year in their large, full-time facility. Teachers at the school are Lisa Holliday and Julie Juelson. Tammi Depew serves as the center's off-site director.

As a non-profit organization Little Lambs relies heavily upon community donations to supplement income from tuition. This year Papa Murphy's of Bemidji has been a major supporter by helping out with multiple pizza fundraisers. The center was also chosen to receive proceeds from the memorial fund of the late Vera Hass.

Hass was Holliday's former Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher at Holy Trinity, and was also a great friend to Little Lambs volunteer Debbie Krueger, who recently compiled a book of Hass's memories.

According to Holliday, lead teacher and manager, Wells Fargo donated the horse at the perfect time. Her husband, Jon, has been a regular volunteer at the center this year and the children have become very attached to him. He will begin working full-time for the Army so this was his last day to spend with the kids. The horse will be a welcome distraction to help the children adjust to Jon's absence. Children and teachers were very thankful to receive such a wonderful gift from Wells Fargo.