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EXPERT TO TALK ON COPING WITH AFTERMATH OF TERROR ATTACKS

A national consultant on emotional intelligence will speak this week at Lewiston-Porter schools, advising parents, teachers, caregivers and the rest of the community on coping with the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Jerry Kaiser, a consultant with Kaiser Allen Communications of Boulder Creek, Calif., will conduct the program at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school auditorium on Creek Road.

Lewiston-Porter United Teachers is sponsoring the event.

Kaiser taught social studies at Lewiston-Porter High School from 1972 to 1980, when he became director of the U.S. Education Department's Stress in the Schools program. He also was assistant director of the American Federation of Teachers.

Kaiser now works with hospital systems, corporations, school districts and state and federal government agencies. He also has led programs throughout the nation to help communities recover from disaster.

His return to Lewiston-Porter is part of his work to assist New York City resident cope with their losses from Sept. 11.

Kaiser is requesting that attendees consider making a donation to a special scholarship for the Most Caring Students, to be presented to a member of the Lew-Port Class of 2002 in memory of Mary McMahon.

McMahon was a victim of a hit-and-run driver on Lower River Road several years ago. Kaiser said she was "one of the most caring students he had the privilege to teach at Lewiston-Porter."

Before his presentation, Kaiser will be available to speak with individuals from 6:15 to 7 p.m. at a reception.

"Parents have been asking what else can they do?" School Superintendent Walter S. Polka noted. The state education commissioner, he added, also "was quite concerned of the effects . . . on Arab-American children" in the aftermath of the attacks.

"I think its an excellent idea," said R. Nils Olsen Jr., School Board vice president. "I think all the assistance they can get in dealing with these unusual times is obviously very important."

e-mail: pkowalik@buffnews.com

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