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June 13, 2019

This Father’s Day Hope House would like to thank all father figures for the important role they play in their children’s social and emotional development.

Fathers play a vital role in influencing not only their child’s physical development and well-being, but also their emotional well-being. How their fathers treat others and express themselves informs children’s sense of self and their view of the world around them. At a young age, children may learn stereotypes from kids, adults, and the media – that to be a boy means to be aggressive or unfeeling and that to be a girl means their appearance matters above all else. By teaching valuable lessons regarding healthy relationships and breaking down gender stereotypes, fathers can positively shape how their children view themselves and others.

One of the best ways fathers can teach the value of healthy relationships is through demonstrating respect with their partner and/or with their child’s mom. By teaching their children early that respect is expected and that violence or put-downs is not okay, they are informing their children’s future values regarding relationships.

So, to all father figures taking on this important role, thank you!

Sarah Campbell, Teen Advocate, Hope House of South Central Wisconsin

To the editor:

This year, the Kiwanis International organization will turn 104 years old. It started in Detroit as a group of businessmen who sought to create a fraternal organization with a health benefit feature. Today, the organization looks much different. Kiwanis spans many different countries and focuses on “changing the world, one child and one community at a time.”

Just as the international organization has evolved and changed, so, too has our local organization. Chartered May 23, 1990, our organization has hosted brat stands, cleaned parks, given scholarships and donations to many in the area and so much more. Most recently, the group fundraised and solicited local donations to purchase exercise equipment in Florence Park to promote a healthier community. Now that our Florence Park project has been cemented, we are searching for a new project to champion for the Sauk Prairie area. Here’s where you come in - help us discover that next project! The best projects are ones that come directly from the communities we serve. They are areas of new challenge or opportunity. Our group seeks to have a local impact and it’s only right that you should be able to point us in the right direction! Any ideas you might have, please send them to

That being said, I’ll take the ask one step further. If you are passionate about your idea for us to champion or passionate about serving our community, please consider joining our group. We meet twice and month and in addition to having a good time, we all enjoy giving back and performing acts of service. So if you are looking to give back to the Sauk Prairie community, or looking to be a part of something bigger, consider joining the Sauk Prairie Kiwanis. We’d love to have you alongside us, making the Sauk Prairie community a better place for everyone!

Peter van der Hagen

Sauk Prairie Kiwanis President


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