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Community Newsletter | February 2024

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CPR/AED/First Aid

This class provides participants with the knowledge and skills to recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing, and other first-aid emergencies. Certification, good for two years, is issued upon completion.

WHEN: Friday, March 1 | 9 am - 1 pm

WHERE: Cedarwood Center

2100 Hospital Dr. Sedro-Woolley

COST: $100

Learn more & register here

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention

You can't know for sure if someone is experiencing a suicide crisis unless you directly ask. People age 16+ will learn and practice the proven QPR method to support someone in a mental health or suicide crisis and help save a life. 


Monday, March 4 | 10:30 am – 12 pm

WHERE: Online

COST: Free

Learn more and register here

Mental Health First Aid

Learn the five-step action plan for supporting individuals experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis in this evidence-based course. In addition to the live class, each attendee must complete two hours of online independent study prior to the class.

WHEN: Friday, March 29 | 9 am - 4 pm

WHERE: Mount Vernon Police Dept. 1805 Continental Place, Mount Vernon

COST: $35

Learn more & register here by March 26

WIC Breastfeeding Class 

The breastfeeding journey can be more than people expect! From how to get a good latch to overcoming common concerns in the early days, United General WIC staff share effective tips for parents in this online course. 


Thursday, March 21st @ 1pm 

Jueves, Marzo 21 @ 4pm [En Español] 

WHERE: Online

COST: Free 

Learn more and register here

NEW! Introduction to CPR Training

Want to learn basic first aid and CPR but don’t need the certification card? This class is for you; come learn how to perform adult and infant CPR and first aid. The course is perfect for new parents bringing home baby, adults with young children or seniors at home, or anyone considering taking a certified CPR class but wanting to gain confidence with their skills in a low pressure setting. This class is open to anyone ages 12 and older. While you won’t receive certification at the end of this course, you will receive a high-level introduction and hands on experience to build confidence in your ability to respond to an emergency.

WHEN: Saturday, April 6 | 4:30 - 6:30 pm

WHERE: Cedarwood Center | 2100 Hospital Dr. Sedro-Woolley

COST: $30

Learn more and register here

Spring is in the Air

Want to get some garden time AND support your local community? Slip on your boots and volunteer at one of our garden workdays for the Sedro-Woolley Farm to School program! Projects differ in each garden but will include things like spreading woodchips, repairing garden beds, building projects, weeding, pruning, and more.

Get your hands dirty and help us get ready for spring! Upcoming volunteer days: 

  • Clear Lake Elementary School: Saturday, March 2, 9 am-12 pm
  • Samish Elementary School: Saturday, March 16, 9 am-12 pm 
  • Evergreen Elementary School: Sunday, March 17, 12 pm-4 pm
  • Central Elementary School: Saturday, March 23, 9 am-12 pm

Sign up here. For questions, email

Out and About with Basic Food 

If you want to know more about how Basic Food (aka EBT, Food Stamps, or SNAP) can help you and your family afford groceries, we’d love to talk with you! Our staff will be at the Community Chats event at NW Career & Technical Academy at Skagit Valley College on February 28 from 4-6:30 pm as well as the next Community Connects event at Helping Hands Food Bank March 1 from 2-7 pm.

If you need assistance signing up for Basic Food or want to learn about this resource, please drop by and see us!

Can’t make it to the events? Find more information on our website, or schedule an appointment with us here. Hablamos Español. 

Youth in Action: Cannabis & Tobacco Prevention

Registration for the Middle School Peer 2 Peer training day is now open! Peer 2 Peer is a cannabis and tobacco prevention program focused on empowering youth with the skills and confidence to teach their peers about health & prevention science.

Students and their advisors will attend an all-day training to learn about presentation skills, the effects of cannabis and tobacco, healthy coping mechanisms for stress, and much more! After the training, students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to present information to younger peers in their community. 

This training is March 26 in Anacortes and is open to all middle schoolers across the five-county region (Whatcom, Skagit, Island, San Juan, and Snohomish.) Anyone interested in bringing a group of middle school students to participate in this training can register here prior to March 1st.

Check out this short recruitment video for more information!

For questions, please contact  

Local Youth Travel to D.C.

Youth Coalition members from CAMP (Cubs Advocating for Mental Health and Prevention) in Sedro-Woolley and B.E. Well in Burlington attended the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) Leadership Forum in Washington DC this January. Participants learned strategies for leading coalitions, engaging with peers, and developing health messaging.

While in the capital, youth also met with U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen and U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell to share their experiences and advocate for Skagit County substance use prevention programs.  

National Coalition Academy Graduates

While in D.C., District 304 staff member Jill Sprouse (pictured right) and Burlington Healthy Community Coalition President Tessa McIlraith graduated from the National Coalition Academy (NCA).

NCA is a 12-month intensive training on prevention core competencies and essential processes for highly effective Coalitions.

Way to go Jill and Tessa!

Healthy Hearts at United Fitness Center 

Celebrate Heart Month by trying a free week on us! Click here to receive your FREE 1-week pass to United Fitness Center.

Our Exercise Specialists offer safe and effective exercise instruction to help lower your blood pressure and blood sugar levels, reduce stress, decrease cholesterol, and improve cardiovascular fitness. United Fitness Center is for every body! 

Play Bingo and Support Active Living Programs!

Enjoy a night of fun games, good food, and great people! We are hosting our annual family night bingo and prize giveaway fundraiser March 12 from 4:30 – 7pm at the Sedro-Woolley Community Center. Proceeds support programs and services at United Fitness Center. Bingo packets can be purchased for $20 in advance at United Fitness Center or the night of the event. Fill up your bingo card and win prizes! 

Tips for Feeding Picky Kiddos 

It’s common for preschool-age children to be picky about what they will eat. In honor of National Nutrition Month®, our WIC staff offer tips for parents and caregivers experiencing the picky-eating phase of their toddler.

Depending on your child’s stage of development, many parents find that including littles in the meal preparation or shopping experience can improve intake. 

  • Ask your preschooler to help pick out fresh fruits and veggies at the store.
  • Try offering choices like “Should we have green beans or salad with dinner?” rather than, "Do you want salad with dinner?"
  • Healthcare and nutrition experts recommend offering the same foods for the whole family. Don’t get into the habit of being a “short-order cook.”
  • It’s helpful to have at least one food choice that your child likes along with a new food.
  • New foods take time to enjoy, so stay positive and try it again another time.

Check out this handout for more helpful ideas!

Looking for a nutritious dinner that the whole family will love? Try this Cheesy Chickpea and Broccoli Bake Recipe – it’s kid-friendly, vegetarian, and full of healthy ingredients!

Education Series for Pediatric Medical Providers

The Help Me Grow Skagit virtual education series for medical providers is underway! We are exploring hot topics in pediatric primary care.

The next offering is Healthcare for the Latinx Family on Wednesday, March 20 from 7 – 8 am presented by Jessica Serrano, MD, MPH. Participants will gain a deep understanding of the language and cultural diversity within the Latinx community, explore common health and development related cultural beliefs and practices, and examine how culture can support and challenge Latinx parents’ healthcare expectations, practices, and behaviors. To learn more about this event and others in the series and to register, click here.

Introducing our new Farm to School Staff Member

United General District 304 has been selected as the fiscal sponsor for the Washington State Farm to School Network’s first-ever paid Program Coordinator. Rey Cooley joined the District 304 team in January and is already hard at work supporting member engagement, governance, strategic planning, and facilitating network connections. WA Farm to School (F2S) Network launched in 2018 to connect F2S practitioners across the state and learn from one another, amplify success stories and the impacts of F2S education, and coordinate efforts and advocacy statewide.

Please email Rey at to connect on all things Farm to School in Washington! 

Did you know you can use your Fred Meyer card to help make our programs possible? Through Fred Meyer Community Rewards, you can link your card to Foundation of District 304. Link your card in person on your next visit, or click here to do it online. Funds support classes, trainings, and programs for Foundation of District 304 at no cost to you!

Thank You!

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