Young people are great; get to know one

February is We Value Kids Month in our county. I would like to express my value and respect for the students at Everett High School.

The ASB club is raising money to support those hurting in Haiti. The Be the Change Club is raising funds to help homeless teens. The school’s food drive fed 112 families and raised more than $9,700. A book drive collected 751 books to donate to the library and local charities. Those are just some examples.

I have the pleasure of knowing many of the EHS students due to my work with the Everett Housing Authority and Challenge Day. Being a teen, as I recall, was fun and a bit crazy. I love children and teens. They are learning what they are all about and who they are. Why have a heart for kids? They need us. We need them. Let’s see the possibility and love in them. If one seems to be hurting, treat them gently, like you would want your own child to be treated.

To value kids, simply say “hello,” give a hug, help them with homework, volunteer somewhere or just get to know the kids on your block. It really does take a village, we do not have to do anything alone. Young people are amazing. I was one once and in spite of mistakes made, I turned out OK. Our future is in great hands. Let’s continue to value kids. Do an “act of change” every day. It feels great.

Teena Ellison


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