Cameron getting a ‘Family Matters’ program

David Barkemeyer

Can there be anything more important for us to be doing in Milam County than working with our youth?

The Milam County 4-H program is a great example of a community effort to teach young people about responsibility and leadership.

Our Milam AgriLife Extension leaders presented a check for $ 481,776.90 at our last commissioner’s court meeting that represented the many hours of volunteer effort that went into the programs this past year supporting the activities that took place.

I’ve been to the 4-H Awards Banquets each year and, strangely enough, most of the volunteers look like parents. And that’s as it should be. Our children so need their parents support in life, family matters. Over 300 youths have been reached in county schools with these programs this past year.

Hats off to all you volunteers, including all you parents, that work with our 4-H young people. But now for the rest of the story.

Maybe you’ve seen the articles in the Rockdale paper about a program called “Family Matters.”

Another group of volunteers in Rockdale have been meeting for several weeks now at the St. John’s United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall with a group of young people and their family members to discuss subjects that are important to their needs such as dealing with conflict, family crisis, truancy, building family relations, and other difficulties faced by some of our young people and parents.

In a county where almost half of our births are to unmarried moms, 40% of new mothers being teenagers, we’ve got to realize that many of our children and young people are facing difficult home situations, to say the least.

Yet “family matters” to them, too. This program is an effort to provide help to parents and kids in difficult family situations.

The Cameron Rotary Club has agreed to sponsor “Family Matters” in Cameron and the first meeting will be held in the First United Methodist Church Family Life Center at 112 N. Travis, at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 15.

The subject is Assault, Aggression, and Anger.

Objective is to get parents, including single parents, to attend. They are encouraged to bring their children.

This way those that may be having family issues can participate together to become a better family unit. The goal is to help parents understand that they make a difference.

The Rockdale program is growing and receiving good reports from those participating, so it is felt that a similar series in Cameron will be beneficial to families looking for help in dealing with today’s challenges.

Refreshments will be served at the events and treats will be provided for the children.

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