Zero to Five Initiative is focus of Cabin Fever meeting

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Helping out the most vulnerable among us is a concept with Biblical roots.

That’s also the basic premise behind the Zero to Five Initiative, a grant-backed program that works to ensure young children can grow, learn and be happy in their critical development years from which the initiative derives its name.

Saturday, Feb. 8, Superior residents will have an opportunity to learn more about what they can do to help the youngest of our young citizens and hear what is being done by Initiative supporters.

Mineral County Health Department representative Amy Lommen will be the featured speaker at this month’s Cabin Fever presentation and potluck gathering in the 4-H building on the Mineral County Fairgrounds site.

Cabin Fever each spring hosts several meetings featuring speakers providing information and insight into various issues of importance to county residents.

The group originated several decades ago as a means of promoting social interaction for rural residents during long months of winter isolation.

Lommen, who oversees the six-year ZFI grant, will update participants on the benefits of “positive parenting” and how child rearing issues can effect today’s youngster when they become adults.

The grant provides funding for programs that help ensure the very young grow up in an atmosphere of love, happiness, family values, recreation and love. The program is implemented with assistance of volunteers from Alberton, Superior, St. Regis and the West End of the county.

Also on the agenda are Superior Residents Tressie and Fred Fike who will outline and invite residents to participate in the “Shoe Box Ministry”, a nationwide and worldwide project that supports giving through various means.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Those who attend are asked to bring a dish, dessert or side if possible.

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