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Blackduck students complete Star team training

Blackduck students shown are top row from left to right: Austin Rowe, Trevor Kleeb, Becky Denny and Brian Denny. Bottom row: Sierra Stroeing, Ellie Cleveland and Morgan Levy.1 / 2
Kelliher students on the left are Isaac Krogeng, Lindsey Duresky, Sydney Preston and Xenia Hillman. On the right are Jonathon Weidenborner and advisor Carly Amsden.2 / 2

Students from Blackduck, along with advisor Becky Denny and from Kelliher with advisor Carly Amsden, recently completed the Students Teaching Attitudes of Respect Team Program sponsored by the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

They were among a group of 90 students and advisors attending this year's two-day STAR teams training at Concordia Language Villages near Bemidji. These teams will return later in the school year for another two-day retreat to reconnect, review and learn new concepts.

STAR nurtures young people in the development of their character, values and relationships. Students learn about communication skills, media awareness, conflict management, non-competitive games and thought processes leading to self-responsibility. They then return to their schools and communities to teach other students, their, families and community groups the skills of positive communication and problem-solving. Training is provided by Peacemaker Resources staff Barb Houg, Sue Liedl, Candy Roberts and Chris Young.

The STAR teams program is available to 6th and 7th grade students from schools throughout twelve northwest Minnesota counties in the NMF region, including Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau. To date, more than 1,700 students from area schools have taken part in the program.

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation is a public charitable community foundation that invests resources, creates opportunities and promotes philanthropy to make the region a better place to live and work.