Viewpoint 181: Enough to brighten up your snow-covered mailbox


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We are immersed in the coldest days of winter, but you should have received something to brighten up your mailbox over the weekend. Our Brainerd Community Education Guide is now available and registration for our winter semester offers opened on Monday.

Our current guide has a variety of in-person and virtual class offerings for all ages. I encourage you to take a look and find something that interests you. Whether you can’t wait to get out of the house and participate in an in-person activity, or more comfortable staying home on a cold winter night and tapping into a virtual offering, participating in a Community education class is a great way to learn something new. and connect with others in our community!

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Over the past couple of years those of us working in community education have had to get creative in the way we deliver programming and cut down on many of the typical wonderful things we do. Now we’re delighted that our guide is filling up with more and more activity as we now work to rebuild the lineup.

Ironically, as I look at the mountains of snow already piled up in our parking lot, we are already starting to work on summer programs and it’s fun to be able to think about longer days and warmer months.

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Community Education is always on the lookout for lesson ideas and instructors for adult and youth enrichment classes. If you have a hobby, skill, or just a passion for something that you would like to share with others, I encourage you to learn more about teaching a community education course. You can find out more by visiting the “Teach a Class” page in the Community Education section of our website at www.isd181.org, Community education, Teach a class; or by calling our Enrichment Coordinator, Leah Garry, at 218-454-6564. During my years of working in community education, those who have decided to teach a class have found it very rewarding and a great way to get to know other people with similar interests.

As I recently moved to the Brainerd area for my position with Community Education, I have been busy making connections with colleagues and those who share this community. I am excited to continue to explore all the opportunities in the region and to see how our community education offerings can continue to grow!

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