The nonprofit support group PLUK, which stands for Parents, Let’s Unite for Kids, and helps parents of children with special needs across Montana, is up and running and ready to help as students start the school year.  PLUK spokesmen announced in July that the combined loss of two federal grants led to a 50 percent reduction in its funding this year.  That forced the organization to reduce their staff.

The non-profit group provides information, guidance, and advocacy for families challenged with keeping their special-needs students engaged in a regular school environment and involved with positive activities.  Services are available from “Parents Let’s Unite for Kids” across Montana by way of telephone, teleconference, or webcasting.  Staff members are located in Billings, Great Falls, Helena, and Kalispell.  Anyone needing services may call the main office at 406-255-0540.