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Kay Kiefer, Fargo, letter: Insinuations in letter were way out of line

I am the project director of Make a Sound Choice, a character-based youth education program funded by a Community Based Abstinence Education grant. The goal of MSC is to create an environment within our region that encourages the development of h...

I am the project director of Make a Sound Choice, a character-based youth education program funded by a Community Based Abstinence Education grant. The goal of MSC is to create an environment within our region that encourages the development of healthy, life-long relationships and families by promotion of sexual abstinence, as well as the development of other positive character traits.

Our curriculum teaches a host of skills that include relationship skills, conflict resolution skills, safe dating strategies as well as avoidance of drugs and alcohol and discouraging early sexual debut. All messages are positively presented. This is designed to educate the student and allow them to make better, educated decisions, helping them develop better life skills and hopefully helping them to excel in their lifetime and to grow into responsible, productive members of society.

While the issue of same-sex relationships has been at the forefront of much discussion in our country, that is not the social issue that is at the heart of the mission of MSC. Neither our staff nor our programming has ever made any statements such as those insinuated by Emily Tobin in her May 22 letter in The Forum.

MSC's sole purpose is to provide character education to all area youth that will help them make better decisions and better choices. Period.

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