Community program begins at 8:30 a.m.

    Crookston School District officials, mental health leaders and those who advocate for those struggling socioeconomically are excited to welcome Dr. Ruby Payne to Crookston High School on Thursday, Aug. 29. Dr. Payne will hold a community presentation, free of charge and open to all, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the auditorium.

    Payne has been a professional educator since 1972, from working as a high school teacher to becoming an educational consultant. She provides training in how to work effectively with individuals from all economic classes. Payne is best known as the author of the popular book on foundational work entitled, "A Framework for Understanding Poverty," which has sold more than 1.5 million copies. It teaches the hidden rules and mindsets of economic class and strategies for overcoming poverty's obstacles.

    While everyone is encouraged to attend the 8:30 a.m. session, daycare providers, faith community leaders, healthcare, local chambers of commerce, law enforcement, and University of Minnesota Crookston staff are especially encouraged to take part.

    There will be a 10 a.m. presentation for educators of the seven sponsoring schools which include Ada, Clearbrook-Gonvick, Crookston, Fertile, Fisher, Kelliher, and Warren-Alvarado-Oslo. The schools are teaming up to cover the costs of Payne's visit. From noon until 2 p.m., there will be staff work sessions in which participants will be broken into small groups and witness a simulation of the challenges of living in poverty presented by Dr. Payne.  

    This is the first time Crookston and local area schools have teamed up to have a function. Crookston School District Superintendent Chris Bates told the Times back in January when Payne's visit was announced, "We hope that by working together we can provide our staffs and communities with an opportunity that would be clearly out of reach for any one school standing alone."