Supervisors Proclaim this Week National County Government Week

4/9/2008

Theme is Protecting Our Children

FLORENCE – Pinal County Supervisors today proclaimed this week National County Government Week with Protecting Our Children as the theme.

There are many visible ways the County or its services touch the lives of our young people. There are as many or more ways the County affects their lives that are unseen by most. Some examples include:

  • Childhood immunizations
  • Child support enforcement
  • Prosecution of cases involving crimes against children
  • Health education aimed at at-risk youth
  • Nutrition education for elementary schoolers
  • County involvement with local child abuse agencies and shelters
  • Juvenile court services
  • Food safety inspections
  • Advocacy services such as the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program
  • Library and literacy programs
  • Anti-drug programs

“Many of these programs are provided throughout the County, not just in the unincorporated areas,” Supervisor Lionel Ruiz said. “Services such as the court services, child support enforcement, food safety and public health are provided countywide. These programs help prepare our youth to be healthy, productive members of our community.”

“In addition, County employees give generously of their time to programs such as Boys and Girls Clubs, youth sports programs and other civic activities that provide safe, healthy environments for our kids,” Supervisor Sandie Smith said. “I am a staunch supporter of community-based programs that provide safe havens for youth.”

Chairman David Snider, a former librarian, says studies show that reading and comprehension levels can deteriorate if students don’t continue reading through summer breaks.

“Library services and partnerships with municipalities, elected officials, parks and recreation programs are keys to keeping young people reading and learning throughout the year,” Chairman Snider said. “Reading programs like the Casa Grande Mayor’s Reading Club open the imaginations of children to the immense potential they have to make their mark on the world.”

“The County Supervisors encourage the staff to play a role in regional leadership by extending their public service beyond just their employment with the County,” County Manager Terry Doolittle said. “The young people in our homes and communities benefit from county programs but also from the volunteer service of many of our employees.”

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