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Jamie Carnes, Supervisor of State and Federal Programs of Edmonson County Schools, spoke with us today regarding the matter of Edmonson County Family Resource Youth Service Center offices (along with many other entities across the state) facing budget cuts - possibly as early as this year.
"These folks are active in helping many local families with basic needs and the support necessary for their children to be successful in school," Carnes said. "They are a huge part of "Cram the Cruiser" and "Stuff the Bus" in our county, and they also are instrumental in distributing holiday food baskets and Christmas gifts annually for those who might not otherwise get them."
He forwarded us this Call To Action statement on behalf on the ECFRYSC:
THIS IS A CALL TO ACTION! By now, we are all aware the Governor’s budget has been released and the Family Resource and Youth Services Centers’ budgets have been reduced by 9% for the next fiscal year with 4.5% of that reduction coming in this current school year. This cut will have a major impact on our programing and staffing state wide. The FRYSCKy Coalition is asking you to SOUND THE ALARMS AND SOUND THEM LOUDLY!
It is VERY important that you, your families, your community partners, teachers or other school staff, and anyone else willing to voice support for our program to take action. We need to communicate the negative impact this will have on our centers’ ability to help strengthen and stabilize the most vulnerable families and students of our Commonwealth.
At this time, we ask that you and all FRYSC supporters communicate with the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Contact your representative and senator immediately! Make the contact via phone (1-800-372-7181), regular mail, email, Twitter, or Facebook (when posting on FB, please post on the wall for everyone to see). Our message and voice should be united in repeating the following information:
THIS MESSAGE IS FOR REPRESENTATIVE MICHAEL MEREDITH AND SENATOR CARROLL GIBSON. PLEASE DO NOT CUT FUNDING TO THE FAMILY RESOURCE AND YOUTH SERVICES CENTERS BY 9%.
TOLL FREE LEGISLATIVE MESSAGE LINE: 1-800-372-7181
Together, we can send a message and make a difference for the students and families of Kentucky!
Brian H. Akers