(WTVM) - You may have seen a story we covered on Junior Marshals in Muscogee County handing out blankets and personal hygiene kits to the homeless in Columbus.
This is the kind of real life experience that can make a lasting impact on the students – some of them as young as seventh graders – who saw for themselves the devastation of poverty.
Helping the homeless on their own turf is one way to teach young people the importance of caring for our community and everyone in it. It could well turn out to be part of the solution to the persistent problem of poverty.
Through the Muscogee County Junior Marshal's program, children are taught good citizenship and community awareness; in this case, of the poor and their real needs, here and now.
It's a program available in every middle school in the county. The Marshals deserve our gratitude for not just talking about the cycle of poverty, but actually doing something constructive to address it.
The sooner young people learn how desperate and lonely it is to be needy and poor, the sooner they can begin to take positive steps for themselves to avoid the same fate.
WTVM Editorial Committee
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