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Envision Polson continues community efforts

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News from Envision Polson

POLSON — Envision Polson was formed to continue the work and efforts that were started as a result of the Polson Heart and Soul Project. The committees listed below align with the community values that were identified by citizens throughout this process. These committees will help to assure the community continues its efforts of collaboration and inclusion as they move forward. Involvement in the committees and projects is welcome.

The following are updates from committees:

Health/Well Being Committee

There are three races coming up in the next few months within our community to help encourage people to get out and exercise. Information can be found on the polsonrunning.com website. 

Youth/Schools Committee

This month the new one-year Student Internship Program was kicked off as a partnership between Polson High School and Providence St. Joseph Hospital. Twelve students get the opportunity to experience 16 different departments as they observe and learn, giving the students an overview of the healthcare field to help them select the area that best suits their interests and talents. Interested participants had to complete an application/interview process to be selected. Upon completion, they will have earned college class credit. This is the first program like this available in Montana. 

Polson Schools are also trying to address youth suicide, as sadly this has occurred on several occasions in the past year. With parental permission, there are working through a screening process to try to identify early signals. They also have an anti-bullying program, to help eliminate these unfortunate situations. 

Leadership/Collaboration/Communication

A group is currently in the process of working on a Leadership Mission Valley program, similar to other programs such as Leadership Montana and Leadership Kalispell. 

Year-Round Recreation

The Flathead Lake International Cinemafest already has 49 films submitted. This event is scheduled for Jan. 22-24, 2016.

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