Community integration can take many forms, including the written word. Fans of country singer Jason Aldean wrote to the artist with details about why they liked his music. The fan mail writing class received a surprising response, said Red Wing instructor Teri Birdsall. About two weeks later, a large box arrived with Jason Aldean T-shirts, lunch boxes and flashlights. Ringleaders Andraea Hessler, smaller image at left, and Linda Ingersoll said the singer made them feel less stressed and gave them energy.
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