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Community Newsletter | September 2023

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Breastfeeding Class

For all new or expecting parents, our WIC clinic offers online courses at no cost to help families address common concerns and get feeding off to a good start! All are welcome - You do not need to be a client of WIC to attend this course.


  • Classes in English: Thursday, Sept 21 or Oct 19 at 1pm
  • Classes in Spanish: Thursday, Sept 21 and Oct 19 at 2:15

COST: Free

Learn more and register here

Overdose Response

An opioid overdose can happen quickly and might not look how you expect. Learn risk factors for overdose and how to assess if one is happening, call 911, and give naloxone (AKA Narcan) to help save a life. Free, online course for people age 16+.


·      Thursday, September 28 | 1 pm

·      Wednesday, October 11 | 3:30 pm

·      Friday, October 27 | 10 am

·      Tuesday, November 14 | 9 am

COST: Free

Learn more and register here

Are you interested in bringing an overdose response course to your business, agency, or group? Contact today to schedule a free training.

Suicide Prevention: QPR

Asking directly about suicide is the best way to assess and then support someone who may be in crisis. Find out how to talk with a person at risk for suicide and connect them to appropriate care in this free, 90-minute, online course for people age 16+.


  • September 28 | 3 – 4:30pm
  • October 9 | 4 – 5:30pm

COST: Free

Learn more and register here

Strengthening Families Program

The Strengthening Families Program is a parent, youth, and family skills-building curriculum designed to strengthen parenting skills, build family strengths and bonds, and prevent teen substance use and other behavior problems. Get the tools, skills, and strategies to build stronger families in seven weeks!

WHEN: Thursdays, Oct. 5 - Nov 16 from 5:30 - 8 pm

WHERE: Concrete Elementary Library

AUDIENCE: Parents/Caregivers of youth ages 10-14

COST: Free

Dinner is provided each week!

Childcare for kids under 10 available if requested.

Register here

CPR/AED/First Aid

With a half-million cardiac arrests each year, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) can help save a life when someone’s breathing or heart stops. In fact, CPR can double or triple the chance of survival when bystanders take action. We use the American Red Cross curriculum to train adults so they are prepared for the minutes that matter most. Trainings are offered in person (traditional) format or hybrid online.

WHEN: our next class is Wed, Oct 18 | 9 am - 1 pm

WHERE: Cedarwood Center (2100 Hospital Dr, Sedro-Woolley WA)

COST: $100 (discount available for income-eligible households)

Find additional classes and register here

Babysitter's Training Class

This American Red Cross Certified training will help participants develop leadership skills, learn how to establish a babysitting business, keep themselves and others safe, help children behave, and learn about basic child care and first aid.

WHEN: Sat., Oct 21 from 9am - 3 pm (including lunch and breaks)

WHERE: United General District 304 (2031A Hospital Dr., Sedro-Woolley)

AUDIENCE: This program is designed for, but not limited to, youth ages 11-15

COST: $80 (a discounted cost of $60 is available to income-eligible families.

Learn more and register here

Mental Health First Aid

Recovery from a mental health or addiction challenge is possible. Learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help in this hybrid course designed for people age 18+. 

WHEN: Monday, Oct 23 | 9:30 am – 4:30 pm (requires 2 hours independent online learning in advance)

WHERE: Burlington Public Library

COST: $35 (scholarships available)

Learn more and register here

Grill Your Veggies!

Adding plants to your meals is easy with all the garden bounty available in the Skagit Valley. Give grilled vegetables a try! Grilling retains most of the vitamins and nutrients present in vegetables and requires little to no added fats.

The sizzling heat of the grill caramelizes the natural sugars in vegetables while preserving their nutritional value, enhancing their flavors, and retaining their vibrant colors. From red bell peppers to yellow squash and green asparagus, your grill transforms these veggies into a rainbow of tasty nutritious delights. Download our tips here!

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Growing a Healthy Childhood

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In partnership with Child Care Aware NW, and Viva Farms, we provided training and materials for implementing Harvest for Healthy Kids, and a monthly box of local produce to 42 family-run childcare sites serving 480 children. Most of the childcare locations also chose to receive a free garden box kit with everything they needed to grow a small garden. This project made a real difference in the amount of time children spent outdoors, and increased their willingness to try new healthy foods. Check out this infographic to learn more about this LSPAN-funded program.

Mystery Solved! Trek for Treasure 2023

Teams in this year’s Trek for Treasure summer hiking adventure “solved” the mystery of D.B. Cooper’s missing money during the Final Challenge on August 26. Team Puddlestompers (pictured below) won the Final Challenge and took home bragging rights, a Stowes gift card, and a Just Peachy Frozen Yogurt gift card. Overall, the 2023 activity was a tremendous success, with 991 participants hiking approximately 21,900 miles. Congratulations to everyone who took part in the challenge! Visit our webpage to see all the winners, photos, and a recap of Trek for Treasure 2023.

Looking for an opportunity to support your community AND market your business to thousands of Skagit residents? We are seeking sponsors for Trek for Treasure 2024 and we’d love to see YOUR business name on our materials! Contact Mark or Amy today to find out more!



Extended Fitness Center Hours

We have extended the hours at United Fitness Center, so you have more options to get your workouts in this winter out of the rain and cold. Beginning October 2, the Fitness Center will be open from 6am to 7pm Monday through Thursday, Fridays from 6am to 6pm, and Saturdays from 8am to noon. 

Farm-to-School Teen Program Assistants

Over the last 4 summers, Concrete Farm to School has hired high school students to perform a variety of tasks. These students maintain the school gardens over the summer and keep the Farm to School programs running strong. This year, we hired five teens for our Concrete and Sedro-Woolley programs. Guided by our program coordinators, they learned valuable job skills while at the same time performing tasks that made a real difference to the community.

Duties included:

  • Tending and harvesting school gardens
  • Creating beautiful bouquets for our subscription program
  • Setting up and staffing our Farmers Market booths
  • Coordinating programs and field trips with the Sedro-Woolley Boys and Girls Club
  • Conducting cooking demonstrations using produce from our school gardens

“[My favorite part] was the connection with people and the plants, after being locked away during Covid, it’s been hard finding a real connection with things and this has helped so much.” -Sierra, Teen Program Assistant 2023

Thanks to our wonderful Farm-to-School Program Assistants!

Stuffed Squash Recipe

The leaves are starting to turn and fall is in the air. It's the perfect time to prepare our favorite Farm to School stuffed squash recipe! There are variations at the bottom of the page to customize it for your family. Download the recipe, or get the kids involved and watch our Farm to School cooking video!

Back to School Time

Our Engaged Youth and Communities pillar and BHCC (Burlington Healthy Community Coalition) representatives were delighted to meet families at the Burlington-Edison Back to School Fair! Those who stopped by had the chance to play Spin the Wheel, and received goody bags with YOU CAN (the WA state cannabis prevention program) journals, sunglasses, water bottles, and stickers. We talked to approximately 150 kids and gave out 17 locking medicine bags and two boxes of Naloxone to adults.

Concrete Prevention Posse Rocks!

Concrete youth and adults came together August 15 to kick off the Concrete Prevention Posse’s (CPP) plan for the upcoming school year. The CPP is a youth coalition that brings 7-12 grade students together to work toward improving their community. These awesome students will work on projects that promote alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention education; support mental and physical wellbeing; and offer connections with peers and caring adults. Seven youths, together with three adults, attended this meeting and will work throughout the year to create the positive changes they want to see. Interested in joining? Contact today!

Preparing Teens for the Workplace and Beyond

This year, we partnered with NW ESD 189 to provide summer employment to three high school students in our Farm to School program through their Pre-Employment Transition Services.

In addition to the work performed as part of their job duties, all of our Farm-to-School Teen Program Assistants learn important job skills such as how to write a cover letter and resume, how to work together as a team, communicate effectively with co-workers, and engage with the public as an organization representative.

Some of our past Farm-to-School Teen Program Assistants have gone on to:

  • Attend university
  • Complete their AA degrees
  • Join the Military
  • Obtain local jobs as a result of their Farm-to-School connections

What our High School Program Assistants say about their experience...

“I learned that it is okay to ask for help. From peers or from the adults. I love working with my team to get tough jobs done. Not to mention, the produce we grow is delicious! I love bringing it home to my family.”

“I think [this program] will help me with my next job- being prepared, having confidence, and independence. [Farm to School] is important to me because it’s a community.”

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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