Happy National Adoption Awareness Month!

November is National Adoption Awareness Month!

In that spirit, check out this sweet video of an adoption judge who dressed up like a Fairy Godmother to grant the dearest wish of the families whose adoption hearings were scheduled for Halloween yesterday:



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Love a good argument? Sign up to be a speech and debate judge

The Missoula County Public Schools Garden City Invitational Speech & Debate Tournament approacheth! And “hundreds and hundreds” of community volunteers are needed to act as judges for the Missoula meet.

Seriously, it’s a fun way to spend a couple hours on a Friday or Saturday. This year’s meet will take place Nov. 5 and 6, and volunteer judges should plan on attending a preparatory clinic on either Nov. 1 or 3 at 6:30 in the cafeteria at Sentinel High School.

You can find all these details plus a judges’ handbook online, at www.judgeforensics.com/missoula. There’s even a big handy-dandy “Sign Up” button right there on the webpage! Or, contact Sentinel Speech and Debate Head Coach – and World Languages Department chair and French teacher – Libby Brunell Oliver at 360-5295 or lmoliver@mcps.k12.mt.us.

According to an e-mail from Oliver, help spreading the word would be much appreciated: “We could really use everyone’s help!  It takes hundreds and hundreds of volunteers to do this.  Please consider and sign up right away!  Thank you!”

Big Sky High School will host the debate rounds and the speech rounds will take place at Sentinel.

“Thanks to those of you who have signed up to judge already!” Oliver writes. “As you know, we can’t do this event without community volunteers!  Our kids are amazing and if you haven’t done this already, please consider giving an hour or so of your time to judge.  It is not hard and we will train you!”

So there – it’s fast, it’s easy and it’s fun. Go give it a whirl!

– MM

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