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March Newsletter


It is March so your update this month starts with the obligatory audit report. I am very happy to share that Tri-Valley has once again received a report free from findings! This is a testament to great teamwork as these results are not possible without staff from programs working with our Fiscal Department to keep accurate records of expenditures and records that prove we operate our programs within the guidelines established by our funding sources. As you all know, our capacity to meet the needs of the communities we serve is maintained and fortified by clean audit reports. Thanks to all involved for a great 2018 report and for your continued vigilance going forward. Aside from our audit, March is one of those months that is very busy without much to report on. We are busy with preparing for the upcoming Migrant and Seasonal Head Start summer season, there is plenty that requires attention at the legislature, we have several grants pending… you get the picture. All I can do is promise to provide updates as they become available on several fronts right now. One item I can report on is Agassiz Townhomes. This is a positive update, especially for those who are tired of regular blurbs about the Agassiz project. Lease up is still progressing nicely. We are hoping for full occupancy in the next couple of months and, if the weather cooperates, the outstanding work remaining on the project from last fall will also be complete. That will signal that we have provided an outstanding housing opportunity for 30 households in Crookston and that I can quit with the regular updates! I hope to have news about at least some the pending grant opportunities by next month.

In This Issue:

In This Issue:

* CEO News and Notes * T.H.E. Bus Offers Free Ride to Playoff Basketball * Tri-Valley is Hiring * Upcoming Events * Foster Grandparent In-Service * Dr. Seuss Day at Crookston Center

* March was National Nutrition Month * Crookston Center Hosts Masquerade Dance * Tri-Valley Board of Directors * Tri-Valley Locations Give to Their Food Shelves * Programs Attend Community Resource Fair * Senior Programs Attends Barnesville Health Fair

T.H.E. Bus Offers Free Rides Tri-ValleyTransportation and T.H.E BUS offered a free ride to the Section 8AA girls Championship game (between Crookston and Roseau) on March 8. T.H.E BUS picked up fans at the Crookston High School parking lot and dropped fans off at the front door at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

Are you seeking a career with purpose? Tri-Valley is a rapidly growing organization and is always looking for qualified employees; we seek highly motivated, talented candidates to join our staff. Tri-Valley offers a supportive work-environment and a competitive benefits package to our employees. Apply today at Tri-Valley! https://careers.tvoc.org/

Upcoming Calendar Items: * April 1 - HS/EHS Policy Council meeting * April 3- Women’s Empowerment Forum - Crookston * April 4 - SNAP and MNsure informational booth Campbell Library (East Grand Forks) * April 9 - Board of Directors Meeting * April 15 - Individualized Education Program (IEP) Training - Thief River Falls Library * April 27 - MSHS/MSEHS Policy Council meeting

Foster Grandparent In-Service On March 1, Tri-Valley Foster Grandparents got together to continue their lifelong learning at the March in-service at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston. In the morning, they had the privilege of learning from Kathy Stronstad, the Special Education Director at the Crookston Public Schools. She shared her expertise on Individual Education Plans (IEPs). She also shared some helpful tips on how to assist students have success in the classroom. The afternoon they learned about a program available in Minnesota called For the Blind, from Gina Bergeron. For the Blind is a free service to anyone with vision and hearing challenges to be assessed and have access to adaptive equipment if needed.

Crookston Center Celebrates Dr. Seuss Day The Crookston Head Start center celebrated Dr. Seuss day in March. Classrooms completed different activities with the children based on Dr. Seuss books. Teachers dressed up and decorated their classrooms and doors. The center had Wacky Wednesday, ate green eggs and ham, the librarian came to read to each class and Jami (Child Nutrition Services Manager) stopped by to do some fun activities with apples. Everyone had a great time!

March was National Nutrition Month During #CACFPWeek (Child and Adult Care Food Program), children at Tri-Valley’s centers made a pledge to eat healthy! For children, #CACFP focuses on providing healthy meals and building positive eating patterns. With instances of both childhood and adult obesity on the rise, education on food choices and creation of mindful eating is more important than ever. In celebration of #NationalNutritionMonth, Child Nutrition Services encouraged centers to participate in weekly activities throughout the month. The Crookston Center showed some creativity by displaying a “Hooked on Good Nutrition” bulletin board. Jami and Deb also visited classrooms and had children taste test different varieties of apples, read Dr. Seuss’s book 10 Apples on Top and did a fun activity stacking apples on top of a picture of their teacher.

Crookston Center Hosts Masquerade Dance The Crookston center hosted a masquerade dance and parent meeting on Tuesday, March 19. The parents learned about relationships and positive guidance techniques. Families had the opportunity to dance, make their own masks and have their pictures taken. The gymnasium was decorated with stars and lights and a DJ and photographer donated their time in order to make this a memorable night for all of the families!

Tri-Valley Wellness Committee Promotes FoodShare Campaign During March the annual statewide #FoodShare campaign promotes the collection of food and funds to stock the state’s food shelves. Tri-Valley’s Wellness Committee is challenging locations to give back by collecting, and donating food to their local food shelf.

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Senior Programs Attends Barnesville Community Health Fair Tri-Valley Senior Program sta spent the day on March 23 at Barnesville High School attending the Barnesville Community Health Fair. It was a great day with even better visits. The day was ďŹ lled with informational booths, snacks, kids dance shows and laughter. Senior Programs always loves being out in our communities sharing information about the Foster Grandparent and Caring Companion Programs.

Tri-Valley Programs Attend Crookston Community Resource Fair Tri-Valley Transportation, Community Assistance, Senior Programs, and Head Start, Child and Family Program all attended the Crookston Community Resource Fair at the Crookston Public Library on March 28. Those that attended were able to meet with and learn more about various agencies that serve people in the Crookston area, including those dedicated to housing, community assistance, employment and training, legal assistance, physical and mental health, senior programs and more.

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Tri-Valley March Newsletter  

Tri-Valley March Newsletter

Tri-Valley March Newsletter  

Tri-Valley March Newsletter