- Opening Up the Schoolyard April 28, 2011
- The Reality Party Training for Parents Home Tour - May 3, 2011
- We Can! – Workshop July 12-13, 2011

Opening Up the Schoolyard April 28, 2011

In many communities, the safest and most convenient places for children to play are school facilities like gyms, sports fields, and playgrounds – but districts often close their property to the public after hours due to concerns about liability, security, and maintenance. Learn how to create contracts that expand access to school grounds with schools, local government, and even nonprofits sharing the costs and responsibilities.

Register now for this webinar.

The Reality Party Training for Parents Home Tour - May 3, 2011

Miller Coordinated School Health and the Miller Underage Drinking Task force would like to invite school and community leaders across South Dakota to learn more about The REALITY PARTY FOR PARENTS – HOME TOUR. Reality Parties have been a powerful way to engage parents and bring media attention to the issues of underage and binge drinking. Reality parties were created to expose the culture of teen parties and alcohol use to parents in a specifically local and detailed way, and to allow youth to voice their concerns and suggestions for change to parents and other caring adults in their own community. Some causes pursued in the past by teen leaders include social hosting ordinances. This may be a great addition to your own school’s prevention program(s) such as TATU, Improv, or SADD.

To attend REALITY PARTY TRAINING, please contact Courtney Bertsch by April 21, 2011. Depending on response, space may be limited, so sign up today! Also, please share this email with any other adults you feel may be interested in partaking in this opportunity.

Training will be held from 8:30 to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday beginning at the Miller High School Theatre. There will be no cost for attendance.

Further information on this exciting program can be found at http://www.straightupvc.org/realityparties/.

We Can! – Workshop July 12-13, 2011

The We Can! program (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition) from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute will be offering a 15 hour workshop for 2-5 member teams on July 12-13 in Chamberlain. Schools, after school programs, and child feeding agencies can receive extensive free curriculum.

• SPARKS (evidence-based Physical Education, After School, Early Childhood, and Coordinated School Health programs)
• S.M.A.R.T. (Student Media Awareness to Reduce Television)
• Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active!
• CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health)

Teams, made up of school representatives, a parent, and a community agency representative, will have the opportunity to write for an additional $2000 grant to evaluate their site’s nutrition environment and make changes to create a healthier nutrition and physical activity environment in their community at the workshop. All expenses will be paid for up to 5 team members. Participating teams must sponsor two activities in the next year as proof of implementation. The mini-grant funds can be used to conduct training for other staff members, plan curriculum implementation using stipends for summer hours, assess the nutrition environment and plan changes.

Download Application - Deadline: April 30, 2011. Click here for more information on We Can!

For information about Team Nutrition, Training Activities and Grants contact Mary Kirk - Team Nutrition Coordinator, 605-773-4718 or Karlys Wells - Extension Assistant, 605-688-4039.

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April 2011