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Program helps build stronger families

A free, six-week program to help strengthen local families is being offered in the New Richmond School District.

Parents: "Do you know your child's favorite musical group?"

Kids: "Can you name a song your dad likes?"

Questions like these are from a "Strengthening Families" activity that promotes fun and communication.

If you have been asking yourself, "How can I stay connected with my son or daughter?" or "How can we have fun together as a family?," then plan to attend.

This program will:

  • Help parents build on their strengths in showing love and setting limits.
  • Help youth develop skills in handling peer pressure and building a positive future.
  • Strengthen family communication.
  • Help families grow together.

It's a free program for both parents/caregivers and their youth ages 10 to 14.

The program runs six Thursday evenings (Feb. 26, March 5, March 12, March 19, March 26 and April 2) from 6-8:30 p.m. at Starr Elementary. A meal will be provided. Sibling care provided for ages 4-9.

Pre-registration is required. There is no fee to attend. Open to the first 10 families to register. Handicapped accessible.

This program is nationally recognized and has been shown to reduce substance abuse and behavior problems in adolescence.

To register contact Jackie Montreal, secretary, at 243-7419 or e-mail jacque

Sponsored by UW-Extension and the School District of New Richmond/AODA State Grant Funds.