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Teens come by the thousands to We Day in St. Paul

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Some 18,000 students from across the state gathered in St. Paul Tuesday for the third annual We Day Minnesota, the “Super Bowl for doing good,” to celebrate the way they’re changing their communities and the world.

Instead of spending the day in school, the middle and high school students attended a concert and pep rally with celebrity speakers at the Xcel Energy Center, which was meant to inspire them to create change in their communities and make the world a better place.

Chelsea Clinton and Henry Winkler topped the list of more than a dozen speakers who encouraged the students – who came from more than 700 schools – to continue serving their schools and communities, according to the Star Tribune.

The crowd was entertained by popular performers Ciara and Darren Criss as well as a boys choir from Kenya, among others.

Students couldn’t buy a ticket for We Day – they had earn it through conducting service projects.

Schools and groups take on one local and one global action through the We Act program to earn their way to We Day, according to the program’s website.

We Day and the We Act program are organized by Canada-based nonprofit Free the Children.

This is the third year for We Day in Minnesota.

We Day started in Canada in 2007, and events are now planned in 14 cities in the U.S., Canada and Britain, the Star Tribune reports.

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