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Letter: Wyoming County residents are committed to our youth

Wyoming County residents are committed to our youth

It was heartening to read that Wyoming County was listed No. 1 among the eight counties in Western New York and No. 2 out of the 62 counties of New York in the Harvard study “Equality of Opportunity Project,” which was the basis for a recent Buffalo News article.

There may be no direct correlations as to why Wyoming County ranked so high, however, I believe our strong collaborative community partnerships that are dedicated to youth and improving the lives of the people in Wyoming County could be a strong indicator of our success.

We have great teachers and schools, parent organizations and communities who are committed to making and keeping our schools the best that they can be. Organizations, like the Business Education Council through the Junior Achievement program, work directly in the schools to link business leaders, teachers and children to teach everything from the value of money to solid job skills that will help them plan for their future. We also have a strong 4-H program, Scout troops, youth sports leagues and arts and cultural opportunities available. Our businesses, family farms and agri-businesses also step up on a regular basis to support educational programming for our youth.

The county also benefits from residents who generously support critical community needs through organizations like the Wyoming Foundation. We are all neighbors looking out for one another. We don’t ask a lot of questions; we just recognize a person or family in need and help them.

Scott A. Gardner

President & CEO, Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce