Upcoming fall forum will address violence

Violence and its prevention is the theme of the Compassion Action Network’s fall forum Thursday, Oct. 24.

Dennis Carlson, superintendent of the Anoka-Hennepin School District, will speak first, discussing how violence affects Minnesota’s largest school district and what the schools are doing to prevent it.

Then the day’s keynote speaker will take the floor. Alison Feigh, program coordinator at the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center in St. Paul, will discuss crimes against children and how the community can reach out and help them.

The Jacob Wetterling Resource Center was founded in 1990 after 11-year-old Jacob was abducted by a masked gunman; the case is still open.

Today, the center’s mission is “educating and assisting families and communities to address and prevent the exploitation of children, by putting online and in-person safety information in the hands of every man, woman and child,” according to its website, www.jwrc.org.

After Carlson and Feigh speak, Donna McDonald of Alliance for a Violence Free Anoka County will go over initiatives currently in place before those assembled draft action steps, leaving the meeting with concrete measures to help end violence.

A video about local violence prevention efforts and a panel question and answer session are also on the morning’s schedule.

All are invited to attend. The forum runs from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Anoka-Hennepin Staff Development Center, 2727 Ferry St., Anoka. Registration and resource booths will open half-an-hour before the forum begins.

It costs $10 to register. A continental breakfast is included.

The Compassion Action Network typically hosts two forums annually, one in the spring and one in the fall, inviting the community to join together and explore a specific issue and how it affects people throughout the county.

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