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Mabton townhall meeting focuses on helping youth

Taking as its theme, "Every Piece Counts," the Mabton School District's third annual townhall meeting gave everyone a chance to let their voices be heard.

The day-long event, held this past Friday at the Mabton High School Mel Todd Gym, saw parents, teachers and community members coming together to address concerns about improving communication between community members for the improvement of the education of the Mabton youth.

By the end of the day, parents and teachers urged the students to take personal responsibility for their success, while they promised to get to know each other better.

The entire community re-committed itself to support any project needed for the success of the students and to strive to be better role models for the community's youth.

"We will be taking all of these recommendations and work them into our on-going plan to improve education in our community," said Mabton School District Superintendent Dr. Sandra Pasiero-Davis.

She thanked the more than 250 people who took part in the townhall meeting, which included school district staff and community members, including the Mabton city council.

"We hope through these efforts we will have better communication with each other," said Davis.

The town hall participants were broken into groups, representing youth, community resources, teachers, parents and administrators for the day. The table participants brainstormed ideas and then narrowed the collection of ideas into workable concepts for the district and community to address.

"It was a worthwhile exercise," said Mabton School Board Director Peggy Zeebuyth.

"We may not be able to do all of the recommendations, but there are many we can certainly achieve," she said.

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