Governor Dayton visits Probstfield kindergarten on first day of school
September 7, 2016
Governor Mark Dayton read “Pete the Cat” to a Probstfield Elementary kindergarten class during his visit on the first day of school.
The visit was part of the “87 counties in 86 days” statewide tour being undertaken by Governor Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith.
Besides reading to students and sharing photos of his dogs, Dayton spoke to school and district leaders about the district’s Jump Start Preschool program and supporting students with mental health needs.
Duane Borgeson, executive director of learner support services, and representatives from Solutions Behavioral Healthcare discussed with Governor Dayton how the district and Solutions collaborate to provide mental health services to students at the Probstfield Center for Education. Through this partnership, they aim to intervene early to support emerging mental health concerns and work with the child and family to provide the support necessary for children to be successful academically, socially and emotionally in school and in the community.
The governor said he continues to work for more funding for pre-K programs in the state, and he hopes to improve mental health screening awareness.
“Getting started early in detection and treatment is very important to save a lot of kids a lot of problems later on," Governor Dayton said.
Besides his Clay County visit, Governor Dayton is scheduled to visit Mahnomen, Otter Tail and Wadena counties this week.
Governor Mark Dayton reads “Pete the Cat” to a kindergarten class at Probstfield Elementary.