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WE CAN ALL REACH OUT TO CHILDREN AT RISK

I read the Feb. 13 News article, "Schools of last resort," and have to agree on all points. Several times Gene Warner wrote about a lack of positive role models in children who are at risk.

There is, however, something that can be done for the kids in our area who do not have role models or mentors. There are many organizations that aim to help our children grow into respectable adults by matching them up with mentors and giving them places where they can go and feel special and be part of a family. All of these organizations need volunteers. So much can be accomplished by volunteering to work with kids one or two hours a week, and it is so rewarding.

Compeer and Be-A-Friend have long waiting lists of children. Our Boys and Girls Clubs and many community centers need adults to help run programs that promote healthy childhood development. 4-H Clubs, Campfire Girls, Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts are all trying to set up programs in the city but they, too, need volunteers.

I think everyone who reads The News agrees there is a problem with our children and that something needs to be done. So let's do it.

CLINT OUN
Buffalo

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