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Public Forum Held to Help Fight Child Poverty
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on March 09, 2013 @ 9:55PM
Created on March 09, 2013 @ 6:52PM
 
Organizers with the Campaign to End Child Poverty held a forum in Fairmont this afternoon where people went to talk about important issues.
 
Over 50 people took part in this discussion about issues surrounding child poverty.
 
"Our Children, Our Future" is an organization that hopes to find solutions to problems that affect education, poverty, and family life. The program wants to make sure state legislatures and citizens work together to solve these problems.
 
"Kids and families who are affected by these issues are front and center telling their stories and making their voices heard. There's a popular misconception that the parents are the problem and in most situations the parents are the best hope that these kids have. But it's on the rest of us and on society to make sure every parent and every child has support," said Director of West Virginia Healthy Kids Coalition, Stephen Smith.
 
Along with parents, other people who attended the forum included local business owners, church groups, and even teenagers who wanted to voice their concerns. One parent says it's the responsibility of every parent to get involved.
 
"Do we every stop being a parent? I don't think so. So coming to the forum is just that; it's being able to reach out and say yes these are the issues that are affecting our kids. Not just my kids personally, but the kids of West Virginia," said Walesca Marrero.
 
"Our Children, Our Future" is a new coalition that is seeking volunteers to help in their cause.

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