|To the Editor: Don’t take Wood Lane for granted|
|Written by Greg and Jen Clark|
|Wednesday, 16 October 2013 10:37|
We are writing this letter as a proud residents of Wood County. We are very fortunate to live in a place with such a high quality of life and sometimes, like many of us, we take it for granted. We shouldn't. It is no accident that where we live is a place other areas in our state look to as an example of how to do things right, from economic development to local government that actually works.
Historically, a critical part of what we have done right to maintain a high quality of life for all of us is the excellent human services that have been developed in our county. We recognize our county as one that supports frugality, but also one that provides support for the things that work to enhance all of our lives.
Now is one of the times where we all need to stand up and once again support something that is a vital part of our positive identity as a county, Wood Lane.
Wood Lane provides very necessary basic services throughout the lifespan of individuals with developmental disabilities - from birth to the end of the life. Early Intervention Services support families as they teach and guide their children in achieving developmental milestones. Wood Lane School provides educational services to students from every school district in Wood County. These students require intensive supports to meet their medical and physical assistance needs as well as a quality education to reach their human potential. Adult Services, like all of Wood Lane's services, support individuals to be as independent as possible so that they too may contribute to the well being of our communities. Wood Lane's focus is on developing and enhancing skills and competencies in work, home, and self-management. These services are not luxuries. They are necessary and we need to support them by voting "Yes" for Wood Lane on Nov. 5.
It has been 13 years since Wood Lane last asked us for additional financial support. In spite of increased demands for the services provided, Wood Lane has successfully demonstrated its ability to fulfill their mission while being careful stewards of our citizens tax dollars. We encourage everyone to vote yes and continue our commitment to these services that are so important to our quality of life in Wood County.
Greg and Jen Clark
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