Letter: Help me help you

Jan. 18, 2014 @ 11:54 PM

To the editor:

I am writing with some suggestions that may help our community.

I am a Henderson native and was just thinking about some things we can do as a community that may even slow some of the crime rate. We could start with our schools implementing a dress code. Not a uniform, but maybe different colored button-up shirts and khaki pants.

By doing this, kids look neat and presentable and it may even boost their confidence and lead to better performance in school.

It would also be easier on the parent(s) to buy set outfits that the kids could rotate wearing instead of buying tons of clothes and having to keep up with the latest fashions and name brands.

Trying something like this could change the vibe in Henderson, which is desperately needed.

Something else to try in school systems is more field trips to different jobs so that they can see first-hand some possible career choices and also give them insight on what their parent(s) do when they get up and go to work each day. This would give kids something to look forward to and encourage them to make career plans for the future based on seeing the actual jobs, not just hearing what they are all about.

Where I’m going with this is that there needs to be some changes. It’s a new year, 2014. Let’s start thinking about our kids’ futures. Let’s get the ball rolling governor, City Council, board of education, schools, employers.

Let’s not lose out on opportunities because we’re being stubborn.

Carrington Cheek