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Save Receipts for School Supplies!  

             (View K-12 Education Tax Credit Video)

Minnesota Revenue offers two valuable tax benefits for parents who purchase school supplies for their K-12 students, the K-12 Education Credit and Subtraction. These benefits can reduce parents’ taxes to increase their refund, but is only available for those who keep their receipts. Purchases for most school supplies, field trips, and musical instruments for school band are eligible.

Most Minnesota parents qualify for the K-12 subtraction, which reduces their taxable income. Parents under certain income limits may also qualify for the K-12 credit, which can refund up to 75% of their costs – even for parents who don’t owe any taxes. Visit the Minnesota Revenue website for details.

  • Take a Walk through School Budgeting Process Depending on who you are talking to, budgeting is one of those things that you really don’t want to do, but you do it anyway because it’s good ...
    Posted May 31, 2018, 1:18 PM by Brenda Williams
  • It’s a New Season; Slow down? As a lifelong resident of Minnesota, it has always amazed me how fast the weather can change. I’ve often heard the question, “Don’t like the weather,” which is ...
    Posted May 14, 2018, 1:44 PM by Brenda Williams
  • Patriot Foundation Kickoff and What’s With All This Foundations Talk? The Patriot Foundation board is excited to announce its official kickoff celebration scheduled for Friday, May 18th at 6pm on the Breezy Belle!! Stay tuned for ticket and raffle information ...
    Posted May 14, 2018, 1:42 PM by Brenda Williams
  • STAY UP TO DATE WITH EVER-CHANGING SPRING SCHEDULES While Mother Nature is taking its own sweet time, spring games and meets will be underway soon. As with any Minnesota spring, the likelihood of postponed or cancelled events will ...
    Posted May 14, 2018, 1:40 PM by Brenda Williams
  • Ice on Opener? Spring? At Pequot Lakes Schools, we are suffering from full-blown Cabin Fever. We are entering week four of indoor training for outdoor sports. The golf team has played every ...
    Posted Apr 17, 2018, 4:47 PM by Brenda Williams
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Take a Walk through School Budgeting Process

posted May 31, 2018, 1:18 PM by Brenda Williams

Depending on who you are talking to, budgeting is one of those things that you really don’t want to do, but you do it anyway because it’s good for you and your family. It’s like taking vitamins, getting that flu shot or giving the cat a bath. Budgeting is an ongoing task as life happens and something the majority of us can improve on every day. According to a Gallup Poll, “only thirty percent of Americans prepare a detailed written or computerized household budget each month that tracks their income and expenses.” For many of us, two-thirds of Americans, do not budget. Budgeting and sticking to a budget is essential, especially in school finance. So, what does budgeting look like in the world of school finance? Allow me to share with you the roadmap to a fiscally sound and responsible District that places conservancy as a high priority when it comes to our taxpayers' dollars.

A budget requires a reliable roadmap that results in good stewardship of public funds. As simple as budgeting might sound, the work behind the scenes is an integral part of impacting the work we do every day in our schools to ensure we are making a positive difference in the lives of our students, families, community members and employees.

The school budget process and timeline run on a fiscal year, July 1st to June 30th each year. As we work through the budget process and timeline at a macro level there are multiple years involved in the process; in fact, three years. It begins in the fall of each year with levy projections and a finalized levy in December. The levy impacts the school district budget a full calendar year later. Starting in January, after the levy is finalized, and through February, resource tools and content experts provide data to aid us in projecting enrollment for the next school year, which also is a factor in the amount of revenue we receive. Eighty percent of our funding for each school year comes in the form of state aid which is based on an average daily membership of students in our classrooms multiplied by an amount designated by the State of Minnesota and the Department of Education. An accurate enrollment projection is key to knowing how much money we will have to work within any given year.

In early spring, meetings with principals and department leaders take place to build an expenditure budget that meets the needs of the District for the upcoming year. In May, the School Board sees the preliminary budget for the first time and provides input and direction for finalizing a budget by June 30th, which is state law. The goal every year is to establish a balanced budget (money coming in equals money going out). Another important part of school finance is having the capacity to rely on a savings comparable to 15% of our annual expenses to safeguard from having to make cuts in the budget when funding is not at a level that supports the needs of the District. As the new school year begins, continuous monitoring of revenue coming into our bank account and approval and payment of expenditures is all part of a day’s work. In the event there are changes to be made to the budget throughout the year, there are options to revise the budget based on several factors, one being most prevalent is the actual number of students in the fall compared to the enrollment projected back in January of the previous year. If enrollment is higher than projected, additional revenue will be a factor and if the opposite is true, less revenue. Ongoing due diligence is important to track these types of changes throughout the year. In our world of school finance, reasonable budgeting supports our mission to “inspire a passion for learning to ensure success for every student.” Warren Buffet, business magnate, investor, and philanthropist says, “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” Together, let’s plant a tree!

-- Heidi Hagen, Business Manager

It’s a New Season; Slow down?

posted May 14, 2018, 1:44 PM by Brenda Williams

As a lifelong resident of Minnesota, it has always amazed me how fast the weather can change. I’ve often heard the question, “Don’t like the weather,” which is followed immediately with “wait 5 minutes.” It is really hard to argue with that premise here in our area when a trip south down 371 from Pequot Lakes on Friday would have shown you thick ice on all the lakes and on Monday that same drive would have shown you folks in pontoons, lapping lakeshore waves and the inclination that another season is upon us.

With the seasonal change of open water, green grass and the morning serenade of the local bird community, comes with it a plethora of new activities, opportunities and events to fill our time during this glorious season. The fisher folks are readying all their equipment, the ball players are patting their mitts, the boaters are readying their motors, all in the name of enjoying the short window it seems we have for those things. It’s no secret; time goes fast, really fast. Just recently I crowned the second of my children into the “double digits” category. A seemingly forgotten benchmark for many, but for this Dad, a reality check into how fast life really goes.

We are all excited to embrace the warmth, enjoy the surroundings and get busy experiencing all we know and love about Minnesota, the outdoors and the great opportunities we have in our area. I do, however, challenge you to slow down and spend some time reflecting on those things near and dear to you. You might find yourself not “catching” on your next adventure with rod and reel or fetching your ball from the woods along the local fairways, but don’t let those small hiccups define the experience. Take in all you see, cherish all you experience and share that moment with others. We get so busy chasing one thing to the next, we often forget to truly “experience” what we are taking part in. We are fortunate to live in a place with a vast variety of outdoor resources and opportunities. There is no better place to slow down and take it all in as a way of appreciating where we are and what we have. I hope as you read this, you look out your window and see bright sunshine….. And if not, “wait 5 minutes.”

-- Rich Spiczka, Community Education Director

Patriot Foundation Kickoff and What’s With All This Foundations Talk?

posted May 14, 2018, 1:42 PM by Brenda Williams

The Patriot Foundation board is excited to announce its official kickoff celebration scheduled for Friday, May 18th at 6pm on the Breezy Belle!! Stay tuned for ticket and raffle information and additional event details!

The Patriot Foundation is being relaunched in response to many requests during the Thriving Communities Initiative journey for ways to better support our successful schools. The Foundation’s purpose is to provide scholarships for Patriot graduates and to build an ever-growing endowment fund that will support innovation, grants, and the many effective programs of Pequot Lakes Schools well into the future. All friends and alumni of the Patriots are encouraged to participate and donate to the Patriot Foundation endowment fund. Watch for more information on the May 18th kickoff event!

Along with the Patriot Foundation, students in our district are supported by the wonderful work of the Patriot Activities Club (PAC) and the Pequot Lakes Parent Teacher Association (PTA). PAC contributes thousands of dollars each year to student activities so our Patriot students can participate in activities such as speech contests, athletic tournaments, robotics competitions, and youth athletic leagues. Thousands of volunteer hours in our concession stands result in funds that directly benefit our programs and student activities. Likewise, the PTA contributes thousands of dollars every year to fund elementary and early middle school field trips, playground and recreational equipment, technology equipment, teacher professional development, and classroom learning opportunities. PTA is also well known for dedicating countless volunteer hours both during the school day and for after-school activities. The dedication and support of our PAC and PTA leaders, volunteers, and donors is astounding and a true example of Patriot Pride!

So what is the Greater Pequot Lakes Community Foundation (GPLCF)? Also a result of the Thriving Communities Initiative process, the foundation is an umbrella organization focused on growing an endowment fund to support efforts centered on quality of life, economic development, and workforce development well into the future in our community. The goal of the GPLCF is to facilitate collaborative efforts to make this an even better place to live, work, and play. The GPLCF board invites you to consider donating to the community endowment fund and also to consider how you might partner with others on a local project to better our wonderful community! Please reach out to the City of Pequot Lakes with questions or donate on the Community Philanthropy page of the Initiative Foundation website.

The residents, businesses, and organizations in this community are incredibly generous when provided with an opportunity to give towards something they believe in. I encourage everyone to consider supporting the Patriot Foundation, PAC, PTA, and/or the Greater Pequot Lakes Community Foundation. Together, we are a stronger community!

-- Chris Lindholm, Superintendent of Schools

STAY UP TO DATE WITH EVER-CHANGING SPRING SCHEDULES

posted May 14, 2018, 1:40 PM by Brenda Williams

While Mother Nature is taking its own sweet time, spring games and meets will be underway soon. As with any Minnesota spring, the likelihood of postponed or cancelled events will be high. Over the past five years on average we have had 50 rescheduled/postponed or cancelled events during the spring season. If you are interested in keeping up to date with the spring sports schedule and all the changes that go with it, this article is for you!

I will share two items with you that will help you keep up to date on the spring sports schedules. Both can be found on the school website www.isd186.org under the Activities and Athletics page.

Once you are there, choose “SCHEDULE” and then “PL ATHLETIC SCHEDULE”. You are now on the rschools page where you can find all the spring sports schedules by date or team. The first item I wish to bring your attention to is on the lower right portion of the page. Below the monthly calendar you will see an option titled “GET THE MOBILE APP”. Simply click on this and follow the prompts. Once you get the app on your phone you will have access to our schedules in as few as two moves. This will allow you to have all of our schedule information at your fingertips.

Secondly, while on the same page, choose the “NOTIFY ME” icon. Follow the prompts selecting the specific sports you wish to stay in touch with. This feature will allow you to get a notification any time the schedule is modified. The notifications will range from field location changes to time changes or postponements and cancellations. I feel you will find this to be very helpful in staying up to date with an ever-changing schedule.

Hopefully this will help you stay up to date with the spring schedules. As we head into a new season, keep this in mind, “Let the players play, let the coaches coach, let the officials officiate and let the spectators BE POSITIVE!”

-- Marc Helmrichs, Activities Director

Ice on Opener?

posted Apr 17, 2018, 4:47 PM by Brenda Williams

Spring? At Pequot Lakes Schools, we are suffering from full-blown Cabin Fever. We are entering week four of indoor training for outdoor sports. The golf team has played every simulation of video golf, the baseball and softball teams have perfected the indoor grounder, and the track team is trying to figure out how to pole vault in the athletic center. We are hoping the weather cooperates soon; the gym gets small with five sports teams trying to share space.

When the weather does turn, we will be facing a barrage of games and meets that have been rescheduled from early April. Add to that busy schedule a series of spring award activities and graduation, and you have a whirlwind of activity that will wear out your eraser with all our changes. We will do our best to post the updates on our Athletic schedule and the High School calendar page.

Pequot Lakes High School has been a cauldron of success this past year and we are looking forward to anticipated success of our spring activities. Recently, our Robotics team competed in the Minnesota Land of 10,000 Lakes regional competition, bringing home first place of 60 teams and qualifying for World Competition in Detroit. The team continues to fundraise for the trip to Detroit at the end of April; consider donating through the following link: https://pequotlakes.revtrak.net/robotics-team-donation#/v/Robotics-Team.

Spring also brings our annual Day of Caring service learning activity for students. The Day of Caring is an opportunity for Pequot Lakes students to give back to the communities of Crosslake, Pequot Lakes, Breezy Point, and Nisswa by providing labor to community organizations or the elderly. We are in search of projects large and small and welcome your ideas by going to this link, https://goo.gl/forms/LzAkJSXm8Ksnuxt03, or by calling the High School office at 568-9210.

The wild weather of Spring struck on both the band concert night and the choir concert night. It was fortunate that we were able to arrange performance at our Festival of the Arts celebration on March 27th. So many people here that night to help us celebrate our artists. What a fun event and many thanks to the community for your patronage. Consider coming to see the PLHS Spring Play on April 13 and 14. It will be a Wizard of Oz musical.

As the calendar turns to April and the weather eventually warms, we will be carefully making preparations for the annual graduation ceremonies. Friday, May 25th will be an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of a very talented group of seniors. This year’s graduation speakers will be Alexia Miller, Dylan Lerfald, Jack White, and Clare Ganley with the class selecting Spanish teacher Mr. Wagner to be their graduation guest speaker. While we welcome the opportunity to launch these young men and women into the life of adulthood, we will miss the many familiar personalities that have filled our halls for the past several years.

While we continue our patient wait for spring, we welcome back the snowbirds and Patriot supporters who are excited to see what success awaits our Pequot Lakes students in the months that remain of school.  Go Patriots.

-- Aaron Nelson, High School Principal

Incredible Community Partnerships

posted Mar 21, 2018, 7:06 AM by Brenda Williams

The Pequot Lakes Schools strategic plan adopted in June 2014 calls for strong partnerships with our local community to support the great work of our staff and the magic of student learning. Many wonderful partnerships already existed when the plan was adopted, including but not limited to upgrading the school district facilities to support growing enrollment, a strong Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) that raises thousands of dollars each year to support students, local business support for the district’s Project Lead The Way program, and the Watch D.O.G.S. program providing an adult male volunteer every day at Eagle View Elementary. In addition, the Patriot Activities Club (PAC) has provided tens of thousands of dollars to support student activities, local businesses privately fund fan buses for state and section tournament games, the city and school district partner to employ a school resources officer, district leadership meets with local clergy each quarter to maintain positive relationships, and PLHS students volunteer annually providing a Day of Caring to local community members. With so many great partnerships already in place, the call to increase and improve community engagement with the school district looked to be a daunting task back in 2014.

Without question, strategic partnerships with our local communities are stronger and even more meaningful nearly four years later. Along with the continuation of everything mentioned above, PLHS hosted the third annual Career Fair in February with over 90 community volunteers onsite to help interview students and will host the first Summer Job Fair on March 22nd in partnership with the Pequot Lakes Chamber and the regional Bridges program. Pequot Tool provides incredible local support for the recently launched - and successful - Robotics program, the Executive Chef at Breezy Point Resort volunteers routinely as a teacher/mentor for ProStart - our new culinary arts program, and several PLHS students have participated in successful internship experiences in local businesses already this year. It can be hard to believe, but the list continues… The Central Lakes Rotary Club is in the second year of providing 12 - 15 mentors for high school students as part of the STRIVE program, the Patriot Foundation is currently being relaunched in partnership with the Initiative Foundation to support scholarships and local innovation grants, Youth Frontiers retreats are funded locally each year for four grade levels, and the Greater Pequot Lakes Community Foundation is currently being launched to support community efforts with the school district represented on the advisory board. Finally, the Pequot Lakes Chamber, the City of Pequot Lakes, and the school district are partnering strategically to jointly employ a part-time Communications Director.

Listing just some of our community partnerships has this article approaching the word count maximum, illustrating just how much we all love being Patriots! And oh, I forgot to mention Kinship Partners, and ”externships” for teachers this summer, and reading volunteers, and Grad Blast volunteers, funding for portable bleachers, GLAPA, HS/MS tutors, Junior Achievement presenters, and the list goes on…

-- Chris Lindholm, Superintendent of Schools

Be the Nice Kid

posted Mar 21, 2018, 7:04 AM by Brenda Williams   [ updated Mar 21, 2018, 7:05 AM ]

“Some kids will be smarter than you, some kids have cooler clothes than you,

some kids are better at sports than you. It doesn’t matter. You have your thing too.

Be the kid who can get along. Be the kid who is generous.

Be the kid the kid who is happy for other people. Be the kid who does the right thing.

Be the nice kid.”

~Bryan Stavnak

This is a powerful message about embracing and celebrating differences which seems timely in regards to recent events. Parents often ask what we each can do right here, right now to make our world and schools safer. We can’t solve the nation’s issues quickly, but one person can make a difference here and now. “Strong, loving, and caring human relationships cost nothing yet are powerful in the fight against school violence. We need to continue to keep our kids connected at home and in school. “ Mark Mischke, BHS Principal

So how do we build meaningful connections with our students at school? We build community in our classrooms. We greet them, talk with them, get to know them, and have classroom meetings. We ensure they know the expectations and then celebrate students who demonstrate Patriot Pride positive choices with golden tickets redeemable in the school store. We have Wear-It Wednesdays with our blue shirts to show we all belong together. Our 4th graders participate in the Kindness Retreat to extend their understanding and connections. Teachers work with students in small groups and individually to ensure their learning and connect with students who are striving to do their best.

How to build meaningful connections at home? Connecting at home begins at a very young age. It’s a family spending time having fun and/or working together. It also means setting boundaries and having expectations. Tuning into your child and developing an open line of communication with your child by talking about feelings and emotions and more importantly how to handle them. As a parent, connecting also means knowing what your students are watching on devices, who their friends are and actively monitoring activities. With young children, reading together is a powerful connection and valuable for their language development.

An article I read recently discussed the balance of kindness and assertion. The goal is for students to be kind, to accept others, embrace differences and care about each other. It’s ensuring our children know what kindness is, but also having connections at school and home so they are comfortable speaking up for themselves and for others. This year at EV the vocabulary is we want students to be bucket fillers and not bucket dippers and if they see something that isn’t okay to tell an adult, to get help. We need children to be kind and treat each other well, and yet if they see unkind or unsafe action to speak up. That happens when they have connections with adults they trust and know will assist when needed.

Families give children roots and the wings to fly. Schools, like Eagle View, support that foundation and reinforce the expectations of respect, responsibility, and safety. Working together, let’s make sure all of our children are rooted in kindness and connections.

-- Melissa Hesch, Eagle View Elementary Principal

Coaching from the Stands

posted Feb 9, 2018, 9:31 AM by Brenda Williams

Parenting is a difficult job. Few can claim to have all the answers and no one is able to predict the outcome. Yet, there are some certainties in parenting that have proven themselves through the years. Encouraging children to take responsibility, to persevere through difficulty, to show respect, and to think of the potential outcome before taking action; these are a few of the character building efforts by parents that pay off. Successful parenting is less like following a recipe for your favorite hotdish and more like making a casserole with whatever you can find in the pantry. Interpretation: there is no one right way to raise every child; it involves a lot of trial and error.

Like parenting, coaching and mentoring students is challenging, involving a lot of trial and error. Yet, it seems that far less grace and forgiveness is allotted to coaches than to a parent struggling with raising their child. Recently, the Brainerd High School boys basketball coach tendered his resignation and that of his staff at the end of this season. The reason? Parents. Lake Park-Audubon schools recently reinstated their girls basketball coaches after one was put on administrative leave and another quit in protest. The reason for the suspension? Parent complaints about coaching. Ask any school leader what the most difficult positions to fill in their schools are; answer, coaches. As school districts across the country deal with a shallow pool of candidates that is drying up like a puddle on a hot summer day, the struggle to field teams is made harder by the unwillingness of teachers and many parents to take on the role of coach.

Here is the paradox of the situation. While we accept that parenting is a journey in darkness taken one step at a time and fraught with unexpected turns of fate and many disappointments, we expect that teachers and coaches know how to get it right every time. If the guidebook to 100% successful parenting is yet to be written, where is the guidebook to 100% successful coaching? The answer is the same in both cases. As much as we as parents long for the right decision in every situation we encounter so that our children can reach their fullest potential, we learn that some of the greatest lessons come from failure. It has been said that Thomas Edison failed 2000 times before succeeding with the light bulb. We learn as parents to understand that success as a parent is never declaring defeat and continuing to persevere. So do these values extend to the field of sport? Are we as parents willing to accept that school and sport are filled with unexpected difficulties that require a determination toward success through the combined efforts of teachers/coaches and parents? Educating a child is a team effort between teacher and parent where failure is not permanent and success is a journey. Hey, you up there in the stands, come join in the effort to coach our children to learn to succeed.

-- Aaron Nelson, HS Principal

First Day of School

posted Jan 30, 2018, 3:19 PM by Brenda Williams

As I think back to my childhood and growing up, I vividly recall what it felt like every year on the first day of school. I remember feeling anxious, uncertain of what the day would bring, especially not knowing who my teacher would be or what friends I might have in class. Fast forward to adulthood, I equate the first day of school to a change in career and workplace; similar feelings of excitement but a bit nerve-racking. This was me at the start of this past school year; new to Pequot Lakes School as Business Manager for the District.

It seemed fitting that my first day was also the first day back for all the staff. Indeed for me, this was like all other first days of school. Thoughts circled my mind. What if I’m late? Where do I go? Who will I know? According to the Harvard Study of Communications, “it only takes seven seconds” to make a first impression, and it was all up to me to make a good first impression. As I arrived to school, on time by the way, I visibly noticed the eagerness of educators assembling in the halls greeting one another back from summer break, reminding each other how fast summer went and how can it already be the start of school? Right away, I observed camaraderie, direction, enthusiasm, integrity, participation, support and validity. My first seven seconds turned into minutes which turned into hours and then an end to my first day. What I realized that first day was not so much about making a first impression; it was about being a Patriot.

What does it mean to be a Patriot? Patriots are admirable, confident, honest, kind, open-minded, personable, respectful, and dedicated to inspiring a passion for learning to ensure success for every student, family and community member. Patriots are family. Patriots risk taking on challenges that others dare not. Patriots plan and prepare for success. Patriots listen and understand the dynamics of diversity. Patriots do not give up. Patriots rely on each other to make noble decisions. Patriots share in fun times and unite in difficult times. Patriots are purposeful. Patriots make a difference in the lives of others every day. Patriot pride flourishes every day in our schools and communities for the reason that the students and staff are proud to be Patriots. Patriots are making first impressions every day.

There are 86,400 seconds in a day. If one first impression only takes seven seconds, how many Patriot first impressions can one make in a day? As a business manager, I love numbers! Each Patriot has the opportunity to make over 12,000 first impressions each day. Make them memorable in a Patriot Way!

I am thankful to each and every Patriot in our District. Thank you to Board Members, District Leaders, Administrators, Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Secretaries, Support Staff, School Nurse, Cooks, Custodians, Bus Drivers, Coaches, Students, Families and Community Members for making memorable first impressions on my first day of school.

My first day of school this year was the best day ever! I look forward to many more first days of school as the Business Manager for Pequot Schools. Patriot Proud!

-- Heidi Hagen, Business Manager

Jumpstart that Resolution

posted Jan 30, 2018, 3:17 PM by Brenda Williams

It’s January in Minnesota. People say there are no guarantees in life, but I can prove those people wrong. I guarantee some folks in Minnesota are tired of winter. I can guarantee many folks are daydreaming about the lapping of the water on the shores of their favorite lake, and I can also guarantee for some of you, your New Year’s resolution is already off the tracks. We all know the common ones of losing weight, eating healthier, striving to spend more time enjoying life, not just running the race of it, etc. Many of us have tried them and more often than not we have failed in achieving what we’ve set out to accomplish.

Sure, your resolution might be off the tracks right now, but that doesn’t mean it has to stay there. According to Forbes, just 8% of people actually achieve their resolution goals. Well, 8% isn’t a lot, but it is better than 7! As you ponder where you are with your resolution or possibly getting on board with trying a new one, don’t forget to look for opportunities right in front of you. If you want to get healthier via diet or exercise, make it as simple or easy as possible. The beauty of where we live is we aren’t far away from simple. When temps allow, go for a walk. It isn’t hard to get away from the all the bustle of today’s world in our neck of the woods. We are surrounded by all kinds of nature’s beauty that cannot only help us exercise but recharge the soul. If you stop for coffee in the morning, skip the donut. If you head out for lunch, consider a salad. Too often we see the challenge of changes to our lifestyle as insurmountable because we have to see immediate progress. We think we have to starve ourselves so we can lose 10 pounds in a week or think we need to spend an hour on the treadmill every day. Those are hard changes to accomplish.

Keep it simple and find your path to success. It doesn’t have to move mountains. Nobody else even has to notice, although it is really nice when they do! Find simple adjustments you can make in your lifestyle to aid in changing what you want to change. If you just skipped the donut every morning with coffee, that’s improving right? If you parked as far away from the store and walked in, that would help, right? Are you trying to spend more time with family? Put the phones and devices down after dinner a couple nights a week. You don’t need to throw your entire life routine away just to improve an area or two. Remember those tracks we talked about earlier that you might have fallen off? How about being your own, “Little Engine that Could” and hopping right back on those tracks and telling yourself, “I think I can, I think I can….”

-- Rich Spiczka, Community Education Director

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