Our Opinion: Youths learn and serve during summer

An article in Sunday’s edition detailing local participation in the annual Missouri Girls State program serves as a reminder about the continuing achievements of young people.

The wisdom in the axiom — “You can’t see the forest for the trees” — is relevant.

In the past several weeks, we have published, in words and pictures, the efforts and attainments of area youths.

Individually, each is impressive. But, collectively, the forest flourishes.

A few examples include:

• Thirteen girls representing four public and parochial high schools in Cole County will take part this week in the 73rd annual Girls State program, sponsored by the American Legion. The participatory civics program is mirrored by a similar Boys State program, held separately.

• Area Boy Scouts continue to advance to the rank of Eagle. The attainment requires leadership activities and completion of a service project.

• The names of thousands of young people have been published in honor rolls and graduation lists from elementary, secondary and higher education institutions.

• Youth and college columns reflect a range of achievements, up to and including young people being awarded bachelor’s, masters and doctorate degrees.

• Young people are involved in summer camps and activities that exercise and enhance mind, body and spirit.

In a recent Sunday column, local educator David Wilson discussed some of the ways educators spend their summers learning more about teaching.

In virtually every edition, young people are demonstrating they are learning more — period. And, in the process, they are having fun and frequently helping others, as well.

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