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Letter to the editor: Leahy’s support of teen clubs vital

As the executive directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs in Vermont, we are writing to publicly thank Sen. Patrick Leahy for his support of Vermont’s most precious resource: our children. He has championed their well-being and success for many years, most recently through the FY 2018 omnibus spending bill. The critical programs funded in the omnibus will have a direct impact on the work that the clubs do throughout the state.
Our mission exists only through the support of others. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Leahy is in a unique position to help determine the priorities of our federal government. Through championing the omnibus he not only helps over 7,000 Vermont youth who come through our doors, but also the 4 million kids and teens served by Boys & Girls Clubs across the country.
We believe that every young person deserves a great future. This means that our club members graduate on time or are career ready, living a healthy lifestyle and demonstrating good character. Funding for the Department of Justice included in this omnibus helps to ensure that our club members are safe and well supported with proven programs and positive relationships on their paths of success.
Thank you, Sen. Leahy, for your continued partnership.
Jill Strube, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes
Larry Bayle, Boys & Girls Club of Rutland
Tanya Benosky, Boys & Girls Club of Burlington
Ricky Davidson, Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro
Kreig Pinkham, Washington County Youth Service Bureau/Boys & Girls Club

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