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Editorial: Actions speak louder

When Friends of Moffat County Education emerged last month, the nonprofit education support group had some fairly ambitious plans.

Not only would the group focus on "targeted funding initiatives for projects that we think are worthwhile," as board member Jeremy Browning said, but it also had its first project lined out: collect enough used books and monetary donations by April 13 to donate 13,000 books to local students in preschool through fifth grade — an endeavor dubbed the 13-3 Book Project.

It appears members of the group aren't just ambitious in planning — they’re also ambitious in execution.

This week, the group announced it had reached its goal, and that beginning next month local preschool through fifth-graders would each receive 10 free books to be distributed at respective schools throughout the Moffat County School District.

The editorial board contends that completion of the 13-3 Book Project was no small feat and group members deserve the thanks and appreciation of the Moffat County community.

In a time when economic circumstances severely limit what services a school district can provide, this group of concerned residents found a way to utilize resources right here in our own community to provide our youngest students with a resource they wouldn't otherwise have.

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Editorial board members aren't just impressed with results of the 13-3 Book Project, but also are excited about what the future holds for Friends of Moffat County Education, as well as for Maximum Commitment to Excellence and the Moffat County Booster Club, two other recently-formed education support groups.

The success of this project is yet another example of how Craig and Moffat County residents band together in the face of adversity, and editorial board members look forward to witnessing the power of community involvement in years to come.

The idea of supporting education, especially during campaign season, can become more of a slogan than an actual plan. It sounds nice and can help sway the court of public opinion, but too often that’s where it ends — with talk.

Friends of Moffat County Education did more than just talk. The group acted, and the community will soon reap the benefits of those actions.

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Editorial board members:

• Al Cashion

— Community representative

• Alisa Corey

— Community representative

• Bryce Jacobson

— Newspaper representative

• Dave Pike

— Community representative

• Jerry Martin

— Newspaper representative

• Bridget Manley

— Newspaper representative

Our View

Friends of Moffat County Education, a local education support group, successfully completed its first project this month, and in the process showed the power of community involvement. In a time when talk rarely leads to results, it’s refreshing to see a group of residents take action to improve their community.