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Male workshop to focus on fathers

Sun Advocate reporter

Larry Madrigal listens to his grandson, Anthony Madrigal, read during class at the Wellington Head Start facility. The local Rural Utah Child Development agency is preparing to host it's annual workshop for dads later this month. All men who are interested in becoming more involved in a child's life is encouraged to attend the event on March 25 in Price.

Men often wonder how to be a positive role model in their child's life. Because work constricts many efforts, fathers feel that being an effective father is compromised.

That is not true and the Rural Utah Child Development (Head Start) program in Carbon County is preparing to offer advice to local men on how to be a role model for children in their lives.

Although fathers are the most prominent male figure in many children's lives, uncles, grandpas and family friends are also assuming the responsibility of role model.

The local RUCD agency will host its annual male workshop on March 25.

All men who are interested in learning the secrets to effective parenting are encouraged to attend the free workshop. The main focus of the event is to get men more involved in children's lives.

This year's event will feature three keynote speakers including Jeremy West, April Hardesty and Brett Lund. These individuals have worked with parents and children and are prepared to share their experience with Castle Valley residents.

"Your role as a father will be the most important work you will ever do," explained Lund. "Come and learn the secrets that will help you to be a more effective father. Skills that will increase your involvement and enhance the relationship between you and your child."

According to the organization Child Care Aware, studies show that fathers who get involved with their children's care and education make a real difference in their children's success in school and life.

By gaining knowledge on how to become more involved, local men can make a difference.

The local RUCD agency supports families in eight different Utah counties. These counties include Carbon, Emery, Sevier, Uintah, Grand, Piute, Wayne and San Juan counties.

Men from all of these locations are encouraged to attend the upcoming workshop.

The workshop will take place at the Jennifer Leavitt Building on the College of Eastern Utah Campus beginning at 9 a.m. with registration and a free continental breakfast.

Lunch and door prizes will also be provided to all who attend.

Pre-registration is encouraged and can be done by contacting RUCD at 637-4960.

The workshop is open to men only.

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