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September 16, 2010

The importance of your child's education

EdPaRT committee members Marie Torosian and Elaine Meeks (courtesy photo)
EdPaRT committee members Marie Torosian and Elaine Meeks (courtesy photo)

What does education mean to you? In the last century education often meant children left home and were forced to attend boarding schools. But in the 21st Century, that is no longer the case and what your child learns has a lot to do with how you as their parent or guardian, role model the importance of education.

As the EdPaRT committee continues to gather input from all of the reservation communities beginning next week, people are encouraged to think about education with the following:

EdPaRT committee members Jeanne Christopher and Leslie Caye (courtesy photo)
EdPaRT committee members Jeanne Christopher and Leslie Caye (courtesy photo)

Education is a holistic, lifelong, multi-generational process that starts with quality pre-natal care and continues with efforts to insure physically and mentally healthy children to build the foundation for the future.

Education involves all learning environments including the home, school, community, plus the spiritual, cultural and natural worlds. Education requires the whole community to teach, mentor and guide the child.

Education is measured in part as achieving growth academically, intellectually, socially, culturally, physically and spiritually.

EdPaRT committee members Andy Holmlund and Molly Billedeaux (courtesy photo)
EdPaRT committee members Andy Holmlund and Molly Billedeaux (courtesy photo)

Education requires the community and family to establish goals and expectations early and to reinforce them continuously.

Beginning this coming Wednesday, September 22, in Arlee, at the Community Center, the EdPaRT committee will host its first of eight meetings, which will focus on gathering community input.

Each community meeting will begin with dinner served at 5:30pm, followed by EdPaRT's presentation. Parents, students, community members, elders, and guardians are encouraged to come and "chew the fat" with the group on what education means to you.

Community Meetings Information
Town/City Location Date
Arlee Community Center 9/22/10
Dixon/Charlo Dixon School 9/29/10
Mission THHS Diabetes Center 10/6/10
Ronan Indian Senior Center 10/13/10
Pablo Joe McDonald Health Center 10/20/10
Polson THHS conference room 10/27/10
Elmo/Dayton/ BigArm THHS Fitness Center 11/3/10
Hot Springs Indian Senior Center 11/10/10
Dinners will be served at 5:30 p.m., presentations at 6 p.m.
Comments, questions, input welcome~

Education Planning & Review Team Contact Information
For those who cannot make any one of the eight meetings planned, the EdPaRT's contact information is listed below for you to contact them with your input:
Member E-mail Telephone Nos.
Andy Holmlund andy.holmlund@ronank12.edu 676-3390, ext 3200; 676-0977 (h) 250-5999 (c)
Shelly Fyant sfyant@gmail.com 644-2217, ext 6302
Molly Billedeaux mbilledeaux@polson.k12.mt.us 883-6355; 676-2885 (h)
Leslie Caye leslie.caye@ronank12.edu 676-3390, ext 3209
Jeanne Christopher jeannec@cskt.org 676-4509, ext 6113; 833-2511 (h)
Vic Charlo N/A 246-3555
Gail Decker lacosupt@lakemt.gov 883-7262
Kevin Howlett N/A 745-3525, ext 5021; 726-3831 (h)
Clarice King cking@ters.mt.k12us.com 675-0292, ext 2201; 726-4489 (h) 824-2118 (c)
Joe McDonald joe_mcdonald@skc.edu 275-4800
Elaine Meeks emeeks@polson.k12.mt.us 883-6333, ext 502; 883-5850 (h)
Marie Torosian amtorosian@montana.com 745-2747; 675-0160, Ext. 2104
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