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CGRESD survey

Dear Editor:

Recently, more than 4,000 6th-12th grade students in Clare and Gladwin counties participated in a survey to assess their attitudes and behaviors related to various aspects of their lives. The survey, “Profiles of Student Life: Attitudes & Behaviors,” is the same survey administered in Midland County in 2005 and 2010. The results have been communicated broadly throughout the Greater Midland community and have been cited in reports and grant applications by youth-serving organizations. In addition, the data have been used in Midland to develop a Youth Master Plan that serves as a “blue print” for youth-related activities.

The Legacy Center for Community Success is pleased and honored to have been the facilitating organization for this recent survey opportunity in Clare and Gladwin counties. The Clare Gladwin Regional Education Service Agency (CGRESD) provided helpful coordinating services for their five school districts to make this survey possible. In addition, a last-minute change by the survey provider could have been a problem, but three organizations stepped up to donate pens so the students could take the survey. I’d like to recognize MidMichigan Medical Center, the Dow Chemical Company and Wolverine Bank for their support.

In addition, the staff members of CGRESD, Beaverton Rural Schools, Clare Public Schools, Farwell Area Schools, Gladwin Community Schools and Harrison Community Schools should be recognized for their support in assessing the attitudes and behaviors of their student population. The Legacy Center team looks forward to receiving the survey results and collaborating with youth-serving organizations throughout Clare and Gladwin counties to make a difference for youth in the area.

Sincerely,

Penny Ecarius

Director of Early Childhood and Asset Building Programs

The Legacy Center for Community Success