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Tiger Talk: Community Education in Pine River-Backus

Pine River-Backus Community Education provides an opportunity for local citizens of all ages to join in active partnership with the school, agencies and institutions in the district to address life-long education and community concerns. This is done by providing classes and other activities/programs that enhance, educate, entertain, enlighten and enrich our community. Such activities are geared to meet the needs of our community and improve the quality of life for all. Community Education creates a bridge that allows for increased involvement of parents, businesses, and community members with the local school system.

The following objectives of Pine River-Backus Community Education help to guide our program offerings and opportunities:

• Bring community members together to identify and link community assets and needs that facilitate “people helping people” raise the quality of life in the Pine River-Backus community.

• Offer and provide inclusive, affordable and accessible opportunities for learning, leadership and community involvement.

• Provide support for youth leadership development and youth service opportunities in the community.

• Provide programs/events that enrich the K-12 program of the district.

• Provide a responsive Adult Basic Education program.

• Provide programs/events that enrich the pre-school children and families of the district.

• Provide specific skill oriented programs that empower residents of all ages in the district to achieve the goals they set for themselves and that ultimately enrich the community.

Current Community Education Offerings and Opportunities:

ECFE & School Readiness: PR-B’s school readiness program is now a “Four Star Parent Aware School” which means our program excels in the use of best practices in preparing kids for kindergarten. Community Ed offers school readiness classes, early childhood family education, baby play, and toddler time for all of our youngest community members.

Afterschool Youth Enrichment Programs: Afterschool programs keep kids safe, help working families, and inspire students to learn. Community Ed provides a variety of youth sports and recreational activities for K-12 grade students at affordable rates. Youth enrichment classes allow for students to be creative and express themselves while adding to their educational experience outside of school hours.

Adult Education & Continuing Ed Classes: Community education programs meet the interests, needs, and wants of the traditional and non-traditional learners. Community Education has a flexible line-up of opportunities to increase lifelong learning in our community. Activities can include online classes and career programs, recreational and general interest classes, cultural enrichment, art and heath/wellness classes as well as credit and non-credit programs for all community members.

The Adult Basic Education (ABE) program meets every Wednesday night and prepares individuals to test for the GED. ABE also offers opportunities to improve your reading, writing, math, and other life skills.

Community Partnerships: PR-B Community Education also works in partnerships between the school, businesses, and community organizations. This collaboration creates unlimited possibilities, and keeps businesses and organizations in touch with young people. Partnerships enrich education and open students’ eyes to the community around them.

Volunteerism: Both our community and school benefit by the involvement of parents, community members, businesses, organizations, senior citizens, students or other individuals who give their time and experience to support community education. It is important to volunteer and become part of your community. Your personal commitment helps to provide the many resources needed to run a successful community education program. Many programs would not be possible without volunteers. We are always looking for instructors, coaches, and advisory council members. This is your opportunity to make a difference in our community.

For a complete listing of PR-B Community Ed classes visit or call 218-587-2080.