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As a school district, one of the things we want to do is to provide information to help students, parents and families.  In the month ahead, there are a number of opportunities for parents and families to engage in special trainings and events.  I would like to share some specific items that have crossed my desk!



A number of people in our community are engaged or affiliated with an organization called Breaking Free.  There is a great deal of information about its mission and goals at the website www.breakingfree.net but a flyer was shared with me regarding a community event on January 14, 2014.

The website explains that Breaking Free is a Minnesota-based non-profit and social justice/social change organization founded in 1996.  “Every year,” the website explains, “Breaking Free helps an average of 400-500 women and girls escape systems of prostitution and sexual exploitation through advocacy, direct services, housing and education.”

On January 14, local members of Breaking Free are helping to bring speaker Hannah Theisen to the St. Boniface Parish Hall for a presentation on “Human Trafficking 101.”  The program is set for 6:30 p.m.

Issues related to prostitution and sexual exploitation happen all across the state of Minnesota—and even in our communities.  Parents and community members are encouraged to attend this program to become more informed about the issues and the opportunities to help those trapped in the system to “break free.”

The mission of Breaking Free is to educate and provide services to women and girls who have been victims of abuse and commercial sexual exploitation in order to help the victims escape from their setting.  Again, there is much more information on the Breaking Free website but this is a unique opportunity for our communities to learn more about the situation and assist those who are locked into the system.



A number of organizations have joined together to bring one of America’s experts on youth violence to Central Minnesota.  On January 28, 2014, Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman is scheduled to be at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud.  The focus of his presentation is “When Violence Becomes Entertainment.”

Lieutenant Colonel Grossman is well respected and well known for his work on issues of bullying and violent behavior among youth.  He has been in the area several times to share some of his research and background related to violent behaviors.

Resource Training and Solutions, the Central Minnesota Community Foundation, the Minnesota Juveniles Officers Association, the St. Cloud Police Department and the Dioceses of St. Cloud have all teamed to bring Dave Grossman to the region.

The program is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 on January 28.  Registration and additional information about the program can be completed through www.resourcetraining.com or by calling 320-255-3236.

The cost for the program is $5 in advance and $10 at the door.



The ROCORI School District is a member of the Resource Training and Solutions network.  One of the initiatives at Resource Training is to provide programs that strengthen and support families.  The theme of this winter’s work is “Become a Ringmaster Parent!”

Although much more information is available on the Resource Training website at www.resourcetraining.com , it is appropriate to give a glimpse of the learning opportunities provided.  Throughout the winter and spring, Resource Training will provide a variety of events and programs.  Many of the programs are conducted at low or reasonable cost to participants.

1-2-3 Magic is set to be conducted on January 18th.  This is a popular and interactive class addressing the topic of child discipline.  It is focused on steps for children ages 2-12.

Parenting the Love and Logic Way is an on-going and successful training program offered at Resource.  This program focuses on respectful communications, responsibility and discipline.  A full day session is scheduled for February 22 and a two-part series for April 24 and May 1.  There is also a full-day program set for June 7.

On February 27, a program on Autism Spectrum Disorders is scheduled. The class is intended to provide current information on the various level of Autism.

Anxious or Is It Something More? is the theme of a class set for March 20.  This class focuses on the effects of anxiety on a child.



Although I normally don’t focus on other programs or trainings, all of these resources have come across my desk very recently.  The combination of topics and the unique nature of some of these issues impressed upon me the need to share these within our community.

If you are able, please make an effort to take in any or all of these events!