Pascagoula puts children first

The city of Pascagoula achieved something this week that any city would envy. It has been designated as one of the top 100 communities for young people in our country. America's Promise Alliance, an organization that works to improve the lives of children selected Pascagoula out of 350 communities across the country.

The organization said Pascagoula did not let a high poverty rate in the community stop it by creating programs to help foster growth and encouragement for youth in their community. The school district along with many community partners have created the Family Interactive Center where children can enjoy a wide variety of activities free of charge.

Chevron and many community partners have established and fostered the Excel by Five program in the community, which helps make sure all children by the age of five are ready for kindergarten and school.

Many of the civic clubs in the community including Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions have taken on special projects that are geared to the children in the community. In other words, the entire community has gotten involved to make sure children come first in the Pascagoula area. They have established a model for other cities and communities in Mississippi to follow.

By putting children first, they realize this is the first step in making sure the future of the local community is strong in the years to come. We applaud all of the hard work the entire community of Pascagoula has put forth to win this prestigious award.

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David Vincent
WLOX-TV General Manager

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