Red Scarf Project underway to aid Montana's foster youths

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Department of Public Health and Human Services and Reach Higher Montana officials over the next several months will mail more than 50 care packages to support Montana’s youth in foster care pursuing postsecondary education as part of the Red Scarf Project.

Reach Higher Montana and Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) staff spent time this week assembling care packages for Montana youth, now or previously in foster care, who are now enrolled in the fall semester of a postsecondary program, and receiving Educational Training Voucher (ETV) funds.

In February 2023, students enrolled in only the spring semester will receive a Valentine’s Day package.

The care packages will include homemade red scarves with special notes from the donors, and personal care items including a cookbook, monthly bill planner, chewing gum, snacks, Emergen-C, socks, gloves, and a small frying pan.

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DPHHS Director Charlie Brereton said the project is a way to brighten the students’ day and provide them with some essential items.

“We want them to know how proud we are of them as they diligently work to pursue their educational goals,” Brereton said in a news release,

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