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CLIMB Theatre of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., presented “Valentine’s Day” for third through sixth graders March 21 at Hillcrest Elementary School in Ellsworth. After introducing themselves and their characters, the players asked their young audience to evaluate the performance. They then proceeded with the play, telling the story of three youngsters who are just about the least likely friends imaginable. Each has distinct personalities. By the end of their after-school program on Valentine’s Day, each had been taught about making and keeping friends, empathy and the difference between friendship and popularity. Hillcrest kindergarteners through second graders watched the theatre group perform “The Great Cookie Exchange”. (Herald photo by Bill Kirk)