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Children are an Asset

By Staff | May 12, 2021

The single greatest asset of any community is it’s children. Without a doubt they will not thrive without good schools, good recreation, and good people who put them first. The greatest thing one can do is support children and their activities. Kids grow strong in caring communities

Together we can prevent child neglect and get a hold on child abuse. All children need to feel loved and accepted. We all need help from time to time, some problems are too big to handle alone. Many times just having good caring community people who work hard to provide opportunities for youth can make a difference in the future lives of the children.

Parenting is not an easy job, but like many others things it’s easier with knowledge and support. Children are shaped by their experiences and influenced by the people around them. Their minds and bodies grow best when they are nurtured and protected from harm. The more often a child experiences neglect, the more likely he or she will harmed.

That’s why the whole community needs to step up to help. Kids grow strong in caring communities with a healthy environment, loving family, and friendly neighbors.

Create opportunities for kids to be together and play. Create a safe, supportive, safe haven for kids, where they feel they belong and are encouraged to express themselves, develop their skills, pursue their hobbies, and follow their dreams.

Support your community by donating time, skills or money. Be there for kids, listen to their ideas and support their dreams, be a good role model, surround them with good influences, and create safe environments.

We want people to know that providing safe, equal opportunities for area youth is a shared responsibility, allowing all kids the same chance to grow into adults who will provide the same experience for the next generation to come.

It is exciting to see that West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced funds in excess of $2 million to help state agencies combat child abuse and neglect.

“When it comes to severe cases of child abuse and neglect, these are situations that no child should ever have to go through.

They are flat-out unacceptable, and I believe we need to do everything in our power to hold whoever would do these kinds of things accountable and bring them to justice,” Gov. Justice said. “Anyone who knows me knows that I believe our kids are our greatest treasure. This program stands up for our kids who truly need it most, which is why I support it with tremendous pride.”

The Wetzel County Commission is to receive $88,415.00 to reduce the traumatic effects of child abuse, protect children from maltreatment, see justice for child victims, investigate abuse as a team, and strengthen the community’s ability to nurture children.

As much as these funds are needed it would be to everyone’s advantage to invest in activities and equal treatment so all children can enjoy the fruits of our labor.