Northwest NEWS

July 13, 1998

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Snoqualmie Valley Youth Safety Forum to provide input to state summit

   The Snoqualmie Valley Community Network and the Riverview and Snoqualmie Valley School Districts will sponsor a community forum on Tuesday, July 21, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Snoqualmie Valley School District administration building to gather input on youth safety issues.
   The comments received locally will be forwarded to the state's Youth Safety summit announced recently by Governor Gary Locke and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Terry Bergeson.
   That event is scheduled for August, and will involve nationally recognized experts on youth violence and safety, state and local leaders, community representatives and youth.
   The ultimate outcome of the local and state efforts will be concrete statewide and local level policy and program recommendations in the areas of youth involvement, violence prevention, school and community support structures, parents and families, school safety and security and media roles and responsibilities.
   "We need to do everything in our power as a community and as a state to make sure schools are a safe place [for students] to learn and teachers to teach," said Dr. Rich McCullough, superintendent of the Snoqualmie Valley School District.
   "We must take a broad look at the problems we face, not just at schools but in the communities in which schools exist," Locke said in announcing the statewide effort.
   All interested persons are invited to participate in the local forum.
   For more information, contact Ellen Kropp at 333-6614.
   The Snoqualmie Valley Community Network is a local group made up of citizens and agency representatives charged by the state legislature with reducing youth problem behaviors.