We will be holding a forum for parents on teen mental health, next Tuesday, March 13, 5:30 pm at the Family Impact Center, 105 E. Ash, 2nd Floor. We will start with a short reception for hosts and board candidates from 5:30 to 5:45 pm, our program will run from 5:45 to 6:15 pm and then there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion. We hope to see you there!
The Paxton Keeley PTA has planned a 5K on May 4th at 8:00 a.m. They are promoting fun family fitness and raising money for a great cause— the United Way Lunch for Learning Program. Tim Cornell has planned the course and is doing the timing. Hy-vee is providing post-race food and water. The t-shirt is designed by a Paxton-Keeley student and is guaranteed if you register by Friday April 26. They need more runners to register! If you can, please register to run or walk and invite your family, friends, neighbors, etc. to help Paxton-Keeley promote fitness, nutrition and giving back to our community. You can register and pay the related fee on-line at: http://www.runrace.net/findarace.php?id=13124MO. Thanks!
With post-film discussion led by Bill McKelvey, Project Coordinator,
Department of Rural Sociology, University of Missouri, Laina Fullum,
Director of Nutrition Services for Columbia Public Schools, and
Brad Faith,Chef of Nutrition Services for Columbia Public Schools.
(dir. Ernie Park and Michael Graziano, 2009, 63 min). This documentary takes
a new look at the school lunch program by exploring its past, its current
challenges, and its opportunities for the future. The National School Lunch Program began in 1946, and now, more than 60 years later, the program feeds more than 31 million children every day. In the film, leaders from all sides of the school food debate, including government officials, school foodservice experts, activists, and students, weigh in on the program and discuss ways to continue nourishing America’s children for another 60 years.
How to protect our children from bullying and cyberbullying
Parents and community members are invited to hear the Megan Meier story and learn how to protect their children against bullying and cyberbullying at a free presentation on Tuesday, January 10, at 6:00 p.m. in Launer Auditorium at Columbia College, 1001 Rogers Street.
In October 2006, 13-year-old Megan Meier, from the St. Louis area, committed suicide after being harassed on the social networking Web site MySpace. The story made national news and brought attention to the issue of cyberbullying. Megan’s mother, Tina, has dedicated herself to bringing awareness and educating others about bullying and cyberbullying. Tina Meier’s presentation provides an overview of the technology that students are using in today’s world. Life is much different for students than it was even four years ago. As parents and community leaders, it is imperative that we continually educate ourselves to become better equipped to help our children.
Megan Meier’s story will be shared along with the topics of bullying, bystanders, cyberbullying, and sexting. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.
Parking is available at 10th and Rogers streets and additional parking is also available behind the main campus. More information
We are joining with Ragtag Cinema to show the documentary “Race to Nowhere”. This film looks at the pressure our “testing environment” puts on our kids and raises a number of questions about how we can best educate our kids for their future. A panel discussion will follow. Please join us at Ragtag Cinema at 5:30 pm on November 2. The film is free, although a $5 donation to CPPS is suggested.
We will have our annual meeting of members on June 12 at 4 p.m. at the Friends Room in the Daniel Boone Regional Library building on Broadway. Some of our members will give brief presentations on keeping your kids healthy, fit and busy during the summer months and there will be plenty of time for parent to parent dialogue. We will introduce our newest board member, Liz Peterson, vote on our board for the next year and on changes to our bylaws, and provide an update on the work of the district task force that is addressing the achievement gap. Please join us! We look forward to seeing you there. Kids are welcome.