DARE poster winner from Chatfield throws out first pitch at Twins game


SUBMITTED PHOTO The Minnesota Twins’ mascot, T.C., was ready to catch the first pitch of the game, thrown by Chatfield’s own Anna Bernau on Sunday, April 28.

SUBMITTED PHOTO Anna Bernau prepares to throw the first pitch on the pitchers mound at Target Field prior to the Minnesota Twins game against the Baltimore Orioles.

GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS Chatfield sixth grader Anna Bernau holds her state first-place DARE poster.
By: 
Gretchen Mensink Lovejoy

Anna Bernau DAREs to pitch kindness to everyone.

That’s something she believes in, but try to tell her she’s a winner….

“I thought it was a lie…it was disbelief,” she said. “I didn’t believe it because I thought I didn’t do very good, but I’m proud of myself.”

Chatfield sixth grader Bernau earned first-place in the state Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education (DARE) poster contest with a poster depicting kindness. She then had the honor of throwing out the first pitch at a recent Minnesota Twins game.

She’d been confident enough about her poster – which shows so many different ways to be kind to others, including giving hugs, sharing, encouraging someone, stepping in to stop bullying or simply keeping an umbrella over a ducky going for a paddle in the rain.

She described the reason she liked her poster, “It shows a lot of different kinds of kindness, and it’s bright and colorful.”

If she was at all nervous as she walked out to the pitcher’s mound at the stadium, her excitement was even bigger. “It kind of feels weird to be the state winner, but it’s good because a lot of people have seen my poster,” she said. “I’ve been to ballgames before, but I never thought I’d see the pitcher’s mound. My mom and dad, and my grandma and my brother and sister went with me, and (Chatfield DARE) Officer Kevin (Landorf) was there. We walked down through a storage area and waited for half an hour, then we walked around the field, and once I got done, they gave me a jersey and a hat. The game was really good, and it was really fun. Addison Reed is my favorite player, but I didn’t get to meet him.”

She stated about her pitch, “I think I did a pretty good job. I practiced twice before we went. After the game, we went out to eat and stopped at our grandma’s, and we stayed there a while. I’m really proud of myself,” Bernau said. “And I’m glad I’ve been in DARE. It’s been really fun and informational, and I’m glad that I got to throw out the first pitch. It was really fun.”