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Editorial: Poverty in Muscogee County

EDITORIAL:  A census bureau report released this week shows that 1 in 6 Americans live in poverty.  Even more staggering is the revelation that in 2010 Georgia's poverty rate ranked as the third highest in the nation behind Mississippi and Louisiana with Alabama coming in at number ten.

It's easy to hear a statistic and not be moved by it but we should stop and take notice of this one.  This is about us, our community, and our neighbors.

In fact as of May almost 65 percent of the students in Muscogee County School District live in poverty and research shows this has a direct and detrimental effect on their ability to achieve in school.  And that affects all of us in the long run.

But what can we do about it? We can support those programs in our community that are on the frontline dealing with the causes and effects of poverty - homeless shelters, food banks, clothing banks working to make sure children have coats for the upcoming winter, non-profit agencies with skill development and  work programs - just to name a few.

Many people work tirelessly in our community to battle the issue of poverty but since the long range effects of poverty touch us all - we should all be a part of the solution.

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