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Suicide awareness group presents speaker

LAKE COUNTY — The Your Life Matter Project will bring motivational speaker Kasey Nickleson into local middle/high schools during school hours in an effort to bring suicide awareness and to encourage asking for help and being a good friend to local kids. 

Nickleson will be at Ronan at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27; at Two Eagle River School at 11 a.m. and Arlee schools at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28; and on Friday, Jan. 29, he will speak in Charlo at 8:30 a.m., St. Ignatius schools at 11 a.m. and Kicking Horse Job Corps at 2 p.m. Organizers encourage all students to attend. 

Funding for the presentation was raised during the Your Life Matters “Light Up The Night” held Oct. 30, 2015, around the streets of Ronan.

For more information call Sarah Dumont at 406-360-9182. 


Montana’s graduation rate increases

News from the Montana Office of Public Instruction

HELENA – Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau announced Wednesday that more Montana high school students are graduating than ever before, setting those students up for success as they take their next steps in life and adding tangible benefits to Montana’s economy.

Montana’s 2015 Graduation and Dropout Report finds the state’s graduation rate has increased to 86 percent, breaking the previous record of 85.4 percent. Montana’s dropout rate has been cut by more than a third since 2009.

“I’m proud to say the community-building work of Graduation Matters Montana is making a difference,” Juneau said. “Now, 53 Montana communities place an emphasis on the importance of graduating from high school and it’s clear that students across this state understand that a diploma is their key to a successful future.” 

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