Candi Kawcak: Don't automatically assume the worst

To the editor:

How unfortunate that some people in our community automatically believe the worst about our kids.

I am talking about the picture of the high school boys with "Milla Tyme" painted on their chests. First off, their friend Jake Miller was running in a cross-country meet. "Milla" is a nickname that Jake's mom bestowed on him a long time ago. The boys, like many other members of this community, were there to show their support. I wonder if Jake's last name was different if Mr. Albaugh would have paid any attention at all to the picture? By the way, Jake not only won the race but also turned in a personal-best time at that course. Amazing what a little support might do.

As for the boys in the picture, yes every one of them earned a DARE card. But they didn't stop with that. Most of those young men are involved in Young Life. If you're not familiar with this outstanding program for the youths of our community, give Daily Press sports writer David Pressgrove a call. He's the director.

Young Life sponsors events such as the Fifth Quarter party, which is held after every home football game. The parties are drug free, alcohol free and a safe environment where our kids can get together and unwind.

Four of the boys in the picture are leaders for Wyldlife, teaching and helping middle school kids deal with life. Some of the boys also volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club. Looks like community influence is headed in the right direction to me.

I have been actively involved with school events for the past 12 years. Never has there been an event, a fundraiser, a meeting, a group or a cause that the media of the town hasn't backed 110 percent. You see these people aren't just writers or radio or TV personalities, they are our friends, and they care about this town and our kids as much as we do. If you attend just one function at any of the schools, you will see that. The Daily Press doesn't own anyone an apology, but someone in this town owes about eight of them.

Candi Kawcak

Craig

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