Parents should be involved with their children's education

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Asset No. 6: Parent involvement in schooling: Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when their parents are involved in their education and school.

It's a downward trend. As children start kindergarten, parents are quite involved with their education. We attend parent-teacher conferences, cheer on our children at school concerts and events and hang up schoolwork in the family art gallery: the refrigerator.

But, as children become older, parents grow away from participating in school activities and encouraging their children. Kids seem to be doing well without our involvement.

They're supposed to be independent. Right?

Yes, but not by a parental retreat. Kids need their parents to stay actively involved in their education throughout middle and high school.

Parents can easily stay involved in small ways that will make a big difference.

For example:

  • Maintain ongoing communication with your child's teacher(s). Call to check in every other month. Call before trouble appears.

• Join a parent-teacher organization. If you can't volunteer a lot of time, say so.

• Volunteer to help out in small ways. Check with the teacher or the school's volunteer coordinator.

• Attend all conferences. If you can't make it on the designated date, arrange to meet at another time.

  • Talk with your child about her or his homework -- focus more on the issues and topics than specific assignments.

Spring fling

Looking for an interesting place to take your Valentine?

Consider this.

The 4-H State-to-State Exchange group is hosting a Spring Fling dinner at 6:30 p.m. March 27 at the Moffat County Pavilion.

Enjoy an evening of cowboy poetry and great music and dine on delicious rib eye steak and all the fixings. Afterward, dance the night away.

The cost is $20 and all proceeds go to the exchange program. For tickets please call the Extension Office at 824-9180.

Feeder Calf Show

The Midwinter Invitational Calf Show and Weigh-In will be Sunday at the indoor arena Moffat County Fairgrounds. All calves in competition must be in place on the Moffat County Fairgrounds by 10:30 a.m. Weigh in will begin at 8:30 a.m. If you are not going to compete in the show, you must still weigh in your market steer to be eligible for Rate of Gain Contest.

The scales will close at 2 p.m.

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