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Pine River-Backus (PR-B) Community Education always has something exciting to offer. February (Love to Read Month) is just around the corner and here at PR-B Community Education, we've found some fun ways to engage your family in reading. "The mo...

Pine River-Backus (PR-B) Community Education always has something exciting to offer.

February (Love to Read Month) is just around the corner and here at PR-B Community Education, we've found some fun ways to engage your family in reading.

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go." - Dr. Seuss.

Family Book Club: "One book, one month, one night." This new offering challenges families to read aloud a book to their older children over the course of a month. This experience gives families the chance to snuggle up on the couch every night and do something other than watch TV together.

Each family who signed up received the first book along with a readers guide to reading aloud. At the end of the month the families enrolled will get together to discuss the book over pizza.


This has proven to be a wonderful experience for families to bond as they share the enjoyment of a good book together.

Book and Movie Adventures: Students read through a book together and follow up with watching the corresponding movie based off the book.

This has proven to be a successful way of engaging our youth, creating a unique dialogue between the teacher and students about the differences and similarities between the two platforms.

Not only does it create an interest in reading, but it gets kids talking about books. The students had lively discussions as they shared their likes and dislikes; how a story and characters can change between the different forms.

Online classes in particular offer another way to enhance your skills in a variety of subjects. Ed2go ( offers a variety of classes on strengthening the reading skills of our learning and struggling readers.

The course Ready Set Read - How To Raise A Successful Reader is designed for anyone who works with young children, whether it's a grandparent, a daycare provider or a parent.

Response to Intervention - Reading Strategies That Work is designed for teachers and parents to help struggling readers to become successful.

Ed2Go also offers classes geared to aid aspiring authors. If you missed the "live" writing class offered in November you'll be happy to know that there are numerous ongoing classes on book writing for adults and teens online.


Looking for ways to get active during our long Minnesota winter? PR-B Community Education offers a variety of indoor and outdoor activities for all ages. Community Education is offering a snowshoeing class as well as free snowshoe rentals to the public.

For indoor recreation you can get your heart rate up by participating in recreational adult volleyball, or join the free Walk the Halls program.

Maybe you need time to relax and let go? You might enjoy our popular yoga class or try out the belly-dance class.

Monday, Feb. 2, we will have a Wellness Fair in the PR-B Commons from5-7 p.m.

Parent of a little one? Early Childhood Family Education offers a new toddler class on Tuesday evenings.

The ninth annual Back to Basics "Recipes for Resilience" will be Feb. 7 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., including a variety of workshops, keynote speaker Tom Hanson of Duluth Grill, and a vendor and exhibitor area open to the public for free all day.

Coming this spring, PR-B Community Education will offer a new After-School Science Program. Our intentions are to partner with community organizations and individuals to create a lasting, quality science program that is fun and educational.

While structured in content and programing, we will use after-school time that offers an informal atmosphere and looser time constraints to create a venue for scientific discovery.


We want to create programs that use learning to engage kids in science and engineering practices, create short stand-alone sessions that are thematically connected, and limited and specific goals.

Activities will be student-driven and will fit within or expand our instructor's knowledge and interest areas. Our scientific process is about letting the child's discovery process pave the way to higher learning.

If you would like to be a part of this program or have a class you'd like to be in our next Community Education Bulletin, please contact PR-B Community Education at 587-2080 or .

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