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Re: [Freethought-Association-of-Northern-Mic­higan] Petoskey Schools Newspaper Article

From: Robert S.
Sent on: Monday, October 24, 2011 11:42 AM
Hello All,
      Update, I talked with Rachael Brougham from the news paper and gathered some information from her about the situation. She indicated that some of the parents at the board meeting had done some research and were somewhat informed about Young Life. 
       I talked to a member of the legal team at FFRF and he was very helpful. He has had previous experience with Young Life and similar groups that use the public schools as recruitment centers. They send in young "hip" individuals to build relationships and then encourage them to join their after school group. He is sending the Petoskey board office an informational letter that will educate them on Young Life, their mission and methods. Better to prevent further contact before they get entrenched.
       There is also a Methodist group that works with kids at Ottawa Elementary School in Petoskey. From what I can gather, this is a group of adults from the church that go in and help with tutoring and I have no problem with that at all. As a retired teacher, I know how important on on one tutoring can be for struggling students.
       Rachael mentioned that she plans to keep an eye on this situation with the board and will report on anything new. So, for those of you that get the News Review, keep an eye out for updates from the school board.

  Thanks ,

  Bob Speeter



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