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Event aims to connect neighbors, strengthen community through conversation

Neighbors coming together to learn more about each other is a way to build community. That’s why Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Community Education has scheduled a community-building conversation from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, at Diamondhead Education Center. 200 W. Burnsville Parkway.

“Know Your Neighbor: Coming Together in Community” is a free event to bring people together to learn more about one another. Community members are invited to attend, share their stories (if they wish) and hear from others. The event will also be an opportunity to reflect upon and discuss what community is, why it’s important and how it can be built up.

Community Education has been encouraging residents to better understand each other. A course called “Knowing your Muslim Neighbor” was first offered in 2012 and has been offered every year since. It’s taught by community member Yunas Mashood and includes an educational discussion with time for questions.

Then “Knowing Your Muslim Student” was offered especially with educators in mind and has been attended by several teachers from District 191.  

“Know Your Neighbor evolved out of the ‘Knowing Your Muslim Neighbor’ class,” said Jennifer Gardner, enrichment coordinator with Community Education. “Participants became energized by our diverse community and approached Mr. Mashood and me about continuing and expanding the idea of getting to know and understand each other. So a core group began meeting to plan for it, and now we’re excited to have more community members become involved.”

This event is free and open to the public. Preregister online, or let us know you're planning to attend by calling 952-707-4150. 

Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 11:18