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"It takes a village to raise a child." I believe this to be an important concept to build upon in the Mission Valley.

In November we had a most inspiring meeting of the Kids Co-op, a business division of our new Montana Co-op in Polson serving the Mission Valley. Jason Moore (the organizer) is developing the Kids Co-op with the mission of empowering our youth through making commitments, acting with integrity, developing healthy habits and learning business skills and effective ways of working together.

This meeting was the first Kid's Co-op session on commitments to the "Four Agreements." These agreements are from a book of the same name, based upon ancient Toltec knowledge carried forward to our present time. The author of "The Four Agreements" is don Miguel Ruiz, who is bringing us this ancient wisdom from the Toltec ("men and women of knowledge"). Ruiz "has been guided to share with us the powerful teachings of the Toltec." This introductory meeting gave me a real sense of the great opportunity for Mission Valley youth to learn important life skills through connections with the co-op.

About 15 of us sat in a circle and read each of the four agreements and shared personal comments. The empowering aspect of this is written in the Kids Co-op member/owner form: "In regards to operating policies, Kids Co-op members will learn and experience how to work with others and do their part in committing their time, talents, ideas, and dreams into building the Kids Co-op and Montana Co-op business. Each member must commit, at a minimum, to the four agreements:

"(1) Be Impeccable With Your Word (2) Don't Take Anything Personally (3) Don't Make Assumptions (4) Always Do Your Best."

There is no doubt that practicing these four Agreements will have life-changing benefits for Mission Valley youth. And this is a village helping raise a child in action.

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"The Four Agreements" sessions will be held every Wednesday evening from 6:30-7:30 at the Polson Hub, 401 Main St. The meetings are facilitated by Loga Fixio of Polson. Call 406-285-1149 or 406-319-2330 for further information.

Bob McClellan,

Polson

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