We send a deep thank you to all special children and caring adults who took part in Children First For Future event Oct. 12, Pequot School, which attracted nearly 200. Friendship Circle teamed up several months to raise awareness on child abuse, violence prevention, family protection in fun educational ways.
Special thanks to:
Hazel Haarup who donated many of her homemade afghans, booties and mittens; Brainerd Tae Kwon Do for remarkable self-defense demonstrations; Heartland Performing Arts Center youngsters from Aitkin, Crosby-Ironton who performed fabulous dances and gymnastics; Pequot HS Revolutions Dance Team did a super performance; Glenda's Clown Troupe cheerfully passed out candy safely; Christa Knudson of Pathways Psychological Services creative face painted and did nail art together with all children; Nona Radin took pictures for families' momentum; Dan Frank of Pequot Community Education and School 186 staff for extra help on the set; kitchen crew Loraine Klem, George Sauber graciously served food; Barb, Heather Johnson, Jan Weinhandl, Wendy Pearson assisted with decorating.
Also thanks to Kathi Nagorski, Nancy Vogt, Brainerd Daily Dispatch and newsroom for great coverage on support projects involved; Peter Frank, Country Echo News Editor who helped with wonderful write ups on tree projects, extra coverage and other write ups before Oct. 12; Joe Korkowski, KCCO 7/12 News TV came from Alexandria and did outstanding news coverage story on the whole real meaning of Children First and covered tree lighted with ribbons; Ryan Gamradt, Lakeland News 9/22 did outstanding coverage story on children and their families' activities; Sara Salonek, Lakeland News Reporter did a wonderful story on Domestic Month Awareness with Tammy afterwards; and Dennis Weimann, Lakeland News, covered an outstanding variety of future plans.
Pam Olson Lorenz, Brainerd Senior High Special Education Teacher took part and worked with us in many profound ways; William Severson, Franklin Jr. High Principal was involved in supported projects; Kathi Northburg, Mid-Minnesota Women's Center worked with us publicly about abusive relationships, domestic violence awareness and more variety issues and tree project for Alex and Brandon Child Safety Center tree given to remember all children; Rose Kramer, Sexual Assault Services, publicly worked directly on the increase in sexual assault, violence, other prevention topics. Linda Brandt, Rural Aids Action Network (Mpls.) participated in education information. Schools and church groups were involved in tree project and stopped to remember children.
Friendship Circle is proud to thank all our communities for their support and will be visiting your area on volunteering on statewide projects throughout the year. We are organizing for next year's "Children First For Future" planned for Oct. 11, 2001. We will always remember all involved and work together for each child's safe future across the world in our hearts. For the Oct. 12 projects, thank you!
Friendship Circle Volunteer Leader
A huge thank you goes out to the Franklin Junior High School Ninth grade class of John Ward for coming out to Camp Confidence for their day of volunteer work. Sixty students helped with the fall clean up and preparation of Camp for the winter season.
The students split and hauled wood, reorganized the pole barn, removed old tenting platforms, groomed the cross country, snowshoe trails and tubing run, removed brush in front of the lodge, organized burn piles and removed the old tow rope building on the ski hill. Jeff Olson, executive director said, "I couldn't believe the amount of work that was accomplished. We had projects that we thought would only get started but the kids poured their heart in it and finished each of their areas."
A thank you to the volunteers who helped supervise the students and to Franklin School for allowing the kids to take part in of this tremendous endeavor. John Ward's Ninth grade class is to be commended for their hard work and tremendous attitude.
Thanks again from the campers and the staff at Camp Confidence.
Parent Mentor Program
Thank you to Crow Wing Power Community Trust for their financial support to the Parent Mentor Program. The Parent Mentor Program is a non-profit organization that links volunteers experienced in parenting with moms and dads looking for support. Dollars will be used to provide trainings, workshops, and events for the program.
Parent Mentor Program
Lost purse found
My sincere thanks and appreciation to the kind and honest person who found my purse in the Westgate Mall parking lot and turned it in to the Christmas Point store in the mall. My thanks, also, to the employees of Christmas Point for so promptly calling me from ID in my purse. It's comforting to know there are honest and considerate people out there.
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