MONTGOMERY, AL - This is a guest editorial from Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange.
I'm Todd Strange, Mayor of the great City of Montgomery Alabama. As we enter this special season of time with those we love, charity and giving, we have one question for parents, grandparents and guardians: Do you know where your children are? If so, GOOD, but what are their favorite hobbies, favorite subjects in school, who are their friends and what are their ambitions?
In this age of instantaneous communication, our society is more and more isolated. Sadly, many of us rarely make time to sit down, talk and listen -- all of which provide the face-to-face connection so vital in the development of our youth. But there's hope!
This holiday season, we challenge everyone in our community to join us in renewing our commitment to Alabama's future by spending more time talking, listening or just hanging out with our children. If you're not a parent, guardian or grandparent, then you can accept this challenge by volunteering to mentor a young man or lady in our community. Each and every one of us can impact the life of a young person, thereby impacting our community's future! It truly does take a village to raise a child, and our goal in the New Year is to foster greater accountability and more communication to do right by our young people. These small changes will make a huge impact on crime and education, while fostering success for us and our neighbors. Get to know your kids!