Fort Worth’s future depends on its investment in our children’s education and training. We know that community pools not only reduce crime and give children a safe place to play, but they also save lives. According to the Center for Disease Control, “Fatal unintentional drowning rates for 5-14 year old African Americans were 3.2 times higher than that for whites.” And the statistics are similar for the Hispanic Latino community.
Safe neighborhoods aren’t options. They are an absolute necessity. Communities working together with police, fire, Citizens on Patrol and Neighborhood Patrol Officers (NPO) are vital to keeping our children and families out of harm’s way.
Libraries are a vital resource for the unemployed, disadvantaged and are in-depth research resources in education. Since Benjamin Franklin, the public library system has been an important resource to our communities. For many, the library is the only location where a citizen has access to a computer and the Internet.
According to the American Library Association—the 2010 State of America’s Libraries—“Americans have turned to their libraries in larger numbers in recent years. Americans turn to their libraries to find information about future employment or educational opportunities during a recession.”
Inclusivity, Opportunity and Equality. Together, let’s make this the NEW Fort Worth Way.
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