Students from Naytahwaush, Waubun, Red Lake County Central, Voyageurs, Red Lake, and Greenbush Middle River gathered recently at the Concordia Language Villages for a 2-day STAR Camp. Trainers from Peacemaker Resources facilitated experiential activities that helped the students learn about creating a community based on identifying needs and getting needs met. They discussed "how we want to be together" in their cabins; and through a large group drumming experience led by Eric Sundeen, they learned how to build a respectful community. Other topics included I Statements, Conflict Styles, Cooperative and Team Building games, Inner Resilience, Perspective, and How to Give a Presentation. The STAR program is sponsored by the Northwest MN Foundation. (hover over each picture for the caption)
Barb Houg, Executive Director of Peacemaker Resources, will be recognized by the Northwest Minnesota Foundation with the "Quality of Place" Award at a luncheon Friday, October 21st. The $1,000 award recognizes foundation partners, grantees, training participants and loan clients who have helped to develop community assets in a manner that enhances the quality of the places in the region through specific activities supported by NMF. Barb has chosen Peacemaker Resources as the non-profit recipient of this award.
October is a busy month at Peacemaker Resources because that is when we hold our STAR Camps. STAR, which stands for "Students Teaching Attitudes of Respect," is a program designed to increase the social and emotional skills of 6th & 7th graders (called "STAR Teams") while teaching them how to present those skills to their families, peers, and younger children.
What happens at STAR Camp? Lots of learning! And lots of fun! Students stay at Concordia Language Villages in nice cabins; they get to eat delicious meals prepared by the Concordia cooks; and they are surrounded by the beauty of nature. Camp is action-packed with experiences including drumming and lots of games that teach skills in conflict styles, perspective, I-statements, appreciating diversity, being an Upstander, and self-regulation. Students "Teaching Attitudes of Respect" means they will leave STAR Camp equipped to teach these skills to others. STAR Teams give presentations to classes in their schools, groups in their communities, and one STAR Team even presented at the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Forum at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota!
Fourteen school districts are participating in STAR this year: