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June 27, 2016

United Way of Union County recently awarded a $5780 Grant to the Council for Union County Families to be utilized for their PAX Good Behavior Game Program. A school-based program, the PAX Game teaches students behaviors as a skill set, similar to how teachers teach math, science, and English. Considered evidence-based, PAX teaches the children to self-regulate, to work together for common goals and to focus on a positive future that they co-create with others. In the first year of the PAX Program, 40 Union County teachers will be trained and outfitted with skills kits.

Commenting on the program, a Fairbanks Local Schools First Grade Teacher said, “Before I learned about the PAX program, I was under the impression that I had a well-behaved class. Now, I am able to see that the classroom structure I believed to be ‘just fine’ before PAX, is not anywhere near the classroom dynamic my students and I share today. Today, I see students encouraging and caring for one another in ways they did not even know they could show that they care. I can truly see my kiddos wanting to work as a team and see one another succeed in the best possible way! I am thrilled with my experience with PAX!”

Pictured from left to right are Brenda Rock, Director of the Council for Union County Families; Shari Marsh, Executive Director of the United Way of Union County and Sherri Coleman, Board of Trustees President for United Way of Union County. United Way of Union County awards venture grants to qualifying organizations that address widely recognized social services needs of the community.
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