It’s great to see organizations like the JKCF making a conscious effort to promote higher education for children from low-income families. These children have no control over the life into which they are born.
Socioeconomic factors, such as family income, race and cultural background, have a dramatic impact on the level of education a child pursues. Parental involvement also is important. Children benefit greatly from parents and other role models who emphasize how important education is to get ahead in life and break through the socioeconomic barriers that exist, even if those barriers held them back.
Children from low-income families are at a disadvantage if they do not have this support and encouragement to gain education, knowledge and social skills.
JKCF and similar organizations help families overcome the socioeconomic hurdles and promote parental involvement.
They conduct research and provide programs designed to offer parents and children the opportunity for personal growth, to attain a foundation for learning, to acquire new skills and find ways to allow the children to pursue higher education, which helps solve many social problems. We should support grants and other funding for JKCF’s wonderful objectives.
Robert L. Walker
LeesburgRenewable resources are crucial
The Letter “Energy security is also national security” (11/5/2014) ignored our domestic potential for renewable energy and the hidden costs of relying on coal. Focusing on renewable resources is crucial, because continuing to extract and burn fossil fuels, wherever they come from, will take a heavy toll on our health while destroying our environment.
Our veterans put themselves in harm’s way to defend us; we have the responsibility of protecting their health and well-being when they come back home. Ensuring access to quality medical care is vital, of course, but it’s not sufficient. We must also work to make sure that they have safe, healthy air to breathe and clean water to drink in their communities.
Extracting and burning coal causes air and water pollution that harms human health. Pollutants from coal-fired power plants can exacerbate lung and heart problems, cause cancer and lead to premature death while also contaminating our water resources. The elderly, along with children and people with asthma, COPD, heart disease or diabetes, are at particular risk. In addition their extraction destroys our environment with mountaintop removal permanently altering the physical landscape.
The EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan is a flexible standard that would allow Virginia to reduce its carbon emissions – and, consequently, other emissions like soot- and smog-forming pollutants – in an economically sound way. It’s a step down the right path for Virginia’s energy future: a future that uses less coal and more local, clean, renewable energy that will make us energy independent.
Cleaning up emissions from coal and shifting to a cleaner energy mix is a moral obligation. We owe it to our veterans, their families and their communities to protect their health here at home.
Loudoun CountyCOMMUNITY VIEW: Sensors in helmets is a no brainer
Loudoun County won’t allow our kids to measure the impact of crashing into each other on the football field – even if that information might guard against brain injuries.
Our county school system should have its collective head examined.
The National Football League earlier this year said that nearly three in 10 retired players will develop debilitating brain conditions like Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
The NFL has reportedly put the same sensors in its players’ helmets as the military is using to evaluate those jarring head movements that could lead to traumatic brain injury.
The American Football League announced earlier this year that they were requiring helmet mounted sensors made by Brain Sentry out of Maryland.
The sensor gives an alert when a player suffers an unusually rapid acceleration of the head, making that player a candidate for a concussion or for successive concussions that must be accurately and timely evaluated to assure the player’s safety. The sensor also counts the number of hits to a player’s head.
AFL Commissioner, Jerry B. Kurz, said, “ntil we saw the Brain Sentry impact counter and tested it, we did not feel there was a solution that was practical and deployable for the AFL.”
The sensor is a light weight micro-electromechanical, tri-axial accelerometer capable of measuring acceleration from any direction, attached to the helmet, and it interferes not at all in the field of play.
We are almost at the end of an era of “dumb helmets” – because we need more real-time objective information to guard against players of any age suffering a possible brain injury.
One report claims that the concussion rate for high school athletes in the United States has doubled since 2005, meaning either the injuries have increased or reporting has improved dramatically.
Loudoun parents went out and bought these Brain Sentry sensors – the same ones the AFL is using – to put on their sons’ helmets to assure some greater measure of safety when playing for Loudoun Valley. The coaches had the players remove the helmets. The players could have non-contact drills without the helmets. But they could not have any contact drills with the sensors on the helmets. Troubling “logic!”
Judgment of a possible injury by the visual observation of a coach or trainer or by the player reporting on himself is not sufficient. Presently concussions are under reported with an alarming variance from the incidence of concussions actually suffered. In fact, players polled report three times as many concussions as the athletic trainers estimated.
It’s critically important to know that there was a first concussion because the second concussive hit may prompt brain swelling. The athlete who has suffered an earlier concussion, that’s the very one who should have a helmet sensor to give fair warning of a successive concussion.
Repeated hits to a helmet could rightly prompt a coach to ask, “How are you doing son, are you dizzy, do you have headaches? Are you short of breath, disoriented?” Without these sensors, these question may go unasked when they really need to be asked.
The helmet is old school low tech, but much improved over the years, and important to safety. These new tech sensors are an improvement that serves to protect our children and just may keep this cherished team sport alive.
We need to get aggressive about how we protect our young in this aggressive sport – and sensors is one way for our school system to do that next season. It’s really a no-brainer.
Loudoun CountySupport for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
In response to Anna Harris’ article posted Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, I completely support the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. As a community, it is important to understand that underprivileged students, who have unsupportive surroundings, affect the entire community. The benefits of helping students and children in need goes far beyond their own lives.
Mr. Levy is a very influential person who made a significant effort to improve our community as a whole. When Harold Levy stated, “If you come from a low-income family and you are a high-performer, you still don’t have the same life chances as a kid who comes from middle class or wealth.” This statement reminds me of kids I knew who had come from both impoverished and wealthy families. When given the same opportunities they experienced similar success. It would be naive to think the success of an individual comes solely from that person, without influence from their environment.
I also applaud Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s support of other foundations striving for similar goals, enabling them to lift up the lives of underprivileged students and the communities in which they live.
Although JKCF has been very successful raising funds and support for these underprivileged students, I believe this foundation should look at more than just the very talented students. The JKCF would be wise to find a way to provide for students of all strengths, not only the ones that stand out. This is a big picture look at the situation, but definitely something to consider. My question is, how does the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation select the students to support? Is there a profiling trend regarding race, sex and/or social class? Lastly, how can the less talented but hard working students gain the attention of the JKCF? These are important questions we must all consider in order to understand how these “talented” students are selected and how that affects their peers and community.
LeesburgEvery child should receive quality education
While browsing the Loudoun Times online newspaper, I came across the article “Leesburg’s Jack Kent Cooke Foundation fuels education for low income students nationwide”. This article sparked my interest because I believe it is very important for every child in America to receive a quality education.
The financial and emotional support that the foundation strives to provide these children is crucial to their success. Unfortunately, schools in the U.S. are not all equal. If a student is trapped at a school that doesn’t have enough money for quality teachers and programs they will most likely have lower reading levels, lower standardized test scores and a lower chance of graduating.
Providing underprivileged students with these scholarships and resources the foundation offers will allow more of them to not only do better academically, but to also get higher levels of education. This in turn leads to higher incomes and lower chances of unemployment in the future.
Widening the access to quality education is one of the most important things we can do to better the future. There might be a brilliant child that could find the cure for cancer or invent something that would change the world but they never get a chance to make these achievements because they lack necessary resources.
This foundation is a great start to change the future of these underprivileged children.
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