Our View: Youth can make a difference

Jan. 20, 2013 @ 09:50 AM

Over the last few months, The Daily Courier has reported on some commendable acts by the young people of Rutherford County.

The Forest City Youth Council raised several thousand dollars through a spaghetti supper to purchase Christmas gifts for a needy family in the county.

Another group of youth undertook a 'day of caring' project in which they did landscape cleanup and minor maintenance at adult care homes and Hospice.

One young Rutherford County girl devoted her senior project to raising money to buy stuffed animals which she donated to kids at the Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte.

Recently, a group of students at Chase High School donated a wheelchair to the school for its use.

There are many other examples of youth providing for the betterment of the community.

The point we are trying to make here is that the youth in our community are doing some pretty extraordinary things for which they may not be getting the credit they deserve.

Youth displaying such wholesome sense of community bodes well for the future of the county.

So often, the younger generations have been cast off and called 'lazy,' 'unproductive' and 'not caring' about our future as a community, state, nation or even society.

However, in Rutherford County, year in and year out there are shining examples of our youth going above and beyond just classwork. There are youth groups in our midst that are taking the bull by the horns and actually doing things in our community that make a profound difference.

And sometimes it is difficult for us older folks to give them the recognition they truly deserve because we may just not think about what kind of an impact something done by our youth can make.

We older folk should give these youth the credit they deserve and encourage them to continue their good work and, equally important, we should follow their example and do more ourselves.

By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board


The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett, Dr. Shermaine Surratt and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark