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Joe Cavanaugh gives tips for children to get an ‘A’ in life

January 19, 2009

By Linda Scherer
Staff Writer

WINSTED, MN – It is not an easy task, helping a child through their early years.

For parents, grandparents, or educators it can be overwhelming, and advice is often welcome.

Holy Trinity School, in conjunction with Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Schools, is giving the general public the opportunity to come and get some additional guidance from nationally-known Youth Frontiers,’ Joe Cavanaugh, who will give tips on building character in young people.

Cavanaugh, who is the founder and CEO of Youth Frontiers, has been working with students and educators to create a positive school climate for nearly 30 years.

The presentation, “More than Smart: Helping our children get an ‘A’ in life,” will take place at Holy Trinity School gym from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28.

“Parent involvement in a child’s education, as you know, is a critical part of the success of the student,” Holy Trinity Principal Bill Tschida said. “We thought it was important to stop and spend some time on this. The public school (HLWW) has been great in this process, and has similar ideas in the significance of Joe’s message.”

In the 20 years that Youth Frontiers has been in existence, it has impacted nearly one million students and educators nationwide.

“There is a crisis in character among young people,” according to the Youth Frontiers’ web site. “If character decreases, disrespect increases,”

The web site states, “Eighty percent of students stand by and watch while bullying happens in front of them. Meanwhile, over 160,000 kids skip school every day because they are afraid of being bullied.”

Cavanaugh will offer suggestions for parents and community leaders on bridging the gap between thoughts and actions.

A discussion will center on the following four core values:

• Respect – How do we teach our kids to be civil and courteous given the rising prevalence of technologies that interrupt our relationships and give way to cyber bullying?

• Temperance – How do we, as adults, not overindulge our kids, but rather teach them self-discipline, a key quality to becoming a successful adult?

• Humility – How do we teach our kids to win and lose graciously, and see themselves as neither above nor below anyone else?

• Moral courage – How do we teach our kids to follow their hearts instead of the crowd and do what is right – even when it’s hard?


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