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"Mayor's Call to Action" seminar focuses on children's issues

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The City of Lake Charles Community Development and Services Department hosted the "Mayor's Call to Action: An Awareness of Children's Awareness" informational seminar to discuss children's issues in Southwest Louisiana.

"I'm sure the mayor's call to action is one for everyone in the community to come together with a unified, strategic agenda to move our children even further ahead," said keynote speaker and member of the LSU Board of Directors Dr. James Gilmore.

Teachers, principals and educators took notes as panelists and speakers shared ways they can help better the children of Southwest Louisiana.

"This is just a way which we can honor commitment and say what is that we can do for our children?," said Mayor Randy Roach, who says the city hosts seminars like this periodically. "What are the needs in our community? Where are the needs in our community? That's our focus."

Some of the issues discussed included lack of funding for educational programs, early childhood learning and the rate of unemployed youth in Louisiana.

Dr. Gilmore, who was presented a key to the city by Roach to honor his work towards children's issues, says educators and citizens can't be silent.

"We have to be vocal," said Dr. Gilmore. "We have to be engaged and we have to demand that businesses, churches, elected officials and all citizens understand that education and children's issues are the backbone of our society."

Dr. Gilmore says it all starts with the citizens themselves.

"These things were created by adults," said Dr. Gilmore. "So, the children need us to be their advocates. They need us to go to Congress. They need us as adults to go to the state legislature to ensure that their problems are taken care of."

The seminar also featured speakers from the Department of Children and Family Services, the Calcasieu Parish Schools Early Childhood Department and LaFamilia Resource Center.

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