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Free breast, cervical cancer screenings offered

■ School Readiness

class options to

meet parent requests

The School Readiness Parent Advisory Council meets to work with the School Readiness (SR) program staff on recommendations for the program. Parents requested more hours of class time per week for the School Readiness students. Parents want class hours that will help their child to be ready for school days when they move up to Kindergarten. The 2014–2015 School Readiness classes are all longer than the choices offered this school year.

Parents also said they wanted to have convenient drop off and pick up times. The SR schedule is set up to work with the elementary school start times and pick up times.

Section one meets from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at a total of 7.5 hours of school per week.

Sections two and four meet from noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday at a total of 6 hours of school per week.

Section three meets from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays at a total of 6.5 hours of school per week.

School Readiness is open to all Pequot Lakes ISD 186 students one year before entering Kindergarten. School Readiness enrollment is completed by calling 218–562-7520. Parents are asked to pay an enrollment fee to hold their place in a class. No student will be denied participation in the program based on an inability to pay for the class. Many families are eligible to apply for Parent Aware scholarship funding. Scholarship applications forms are available in the ECFE/SR office on the east end of the Eagle View elementary school.

■ CLC students experience use of high-tech equipment

Students in the Central Lakes College Heavy Equipment Operation and Maintenance Program at the Staples West campus were recently given an opportunity to use high-tech construction equipment thanks to president and co-owner Mark Ryan of Carl Bolander and Sons Construction, St. Paul. Former CLC student Norm Everson, operation’s manager for Bolander, wanted to give something back to the program by bringing knowledge and equipment to CLC.

Bolander’s 2014 CAT D6T dozer was on loan to the campus for a week. Under the guidance of Everson, Ryan Lehner and instructor Mike Kuklok, students were given the chance to experience GPS on a brand new piece of equipment valued at more than $500,000. Lehner, a 1998 graduate of the CLC program and equipment operator for Bolander, worked with the students on an individual basis giving them what might possibly be a once in a lifetime opportunity to operate a machine of this caliber.

■ CLC Diesel Program

earns national accreditation

The Central Lakes College Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology program has earned accreditation from the AED Foundation, an affiliate of the Associated Equipment Distributors.

AED accredited post-secondary colleges have met the rigorous requirements of AED’s national standards for equipment technology programs. These standards for construction equipment technology have been developed and are updated by The AED Foundation’s Technical Training Committee with broad representation from industry distributors, technical schools, and manufacturers.

■ Donate blood

in Emily drive

EMILY — Donors are needed for a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, at the new Emily City Hall, formally the Emily Charter School, 39811 Highway 6.

Donors need to be 17 years or older, at least 110 pounds and in general good health. Sixteen-year-olds can donate when a parent or guardian signs a Red Cross permission slip.

Four double red cell machines will be available for donors with blood types O+, O-, A- and B-. These blood types are the ones most in demand but all blood types are always needed.

The Bloodmobile is a community project sponsored by the Emily, Outing, Fifty Lakes Lakers Lions. To sign up to be a donor at Emily’s blood drive please call coordinator Nancy Moritz at 763-3097 for an appointment.

■ Lakewood to distribute free bicycle helmets

STAPLES — The Lakewood Health System Foundation will distribute free bicycle helmets to area children as part of its an annual “Helmets Worth Wearing” program.

The program will kick off on Monday, May 12, at Lakewood’s Eagle Bend clinic and will continue through Tuesday, May 20. Children of all ages will be properly fitted and given a free helmet along with instruction on the importance of wearing a helmet during activities such as bike riding, roller skating and skateboarding.

Bicycle helmets have been shown to reduce the risk of head injury by as much as eighty-five percent and it is estimated that seventy-five percent of bicycle related fatalities among children could be prevented with a bicycle helmet. To help prevent such injuries, Lakewood’s Foundation gave more than six hundred helmets to area children during last year’s Helmets Worth Wearing Clinics.

All area children are welcome to attend any one of the scheduled clinics to receive a free helmet. For more information, please contact Megan Kruse, Lakewood Health System Foundation Assistant at 218-894-8508.

Clinic locations, dates and times for this year’s event are as follows:

• Eagle Bend Clinic, Monday, May 12, 3-5 p.m.

• Browerville Clinic, Tuesday, May 13, 3-5 p.m.

• Staples Clinic, Wednesday, May 14, Noon–7 p.m.

• Staples Bicycle Rodeo, Jon’s Family Foods parking lot, Thursday, May 15, 5–7 p.m.

• Pillager Clinic, Monday, May 19, 3-5 p.m.

• Motley Clinic, Tuesday, May 20, 3-5 p.m.

■ Free breast, cervical

cancer screenings offered

CROSBY — Free breast and cervical cancer screenings are being offered from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. The free screenings are for uninsured and under-insured women age 40 years and older who meet income guidelines.

May Day Mammo is an opportunity for women to learn about breast cancer and the benefits of screening and early detection of the disease. The screenings are being offered through SAGE, the Minnesota Department of Health’s cancer screening program.

For eligible women, Sage provides free office visits for breast and cervical exams, as well as a screening mammogram and Pap tests. If a woman’s screening tests show a problem, Sage covers many diagnostic services and can often connect to treatment coverage, if needed.

Women seeking eligibility information should call Sage at 888-6-HEALTH (888-643-2584). If a woman does not qualify for Sage, she can also apply for assistance through CRMC’s Courage Cabinet. For an appointment at CRMC or more information about May Day Mammo, call 218-546-7000, ext. 2135.

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