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By Brandon Walker
Daily Times Leader
Continuing his pursuit to help the education of Clay Countyâ€™s children, Dr. Johnnie Raspberry appeared before the Clay County Board of Supervisors with his latest pitch on Monday morning.
Raspberry, who is attempting to start a youth program aimed at early education in Clay County, brought a letter to the boardâ€™s attention citing a great need for early education among the youth of Clay County.
Raspberry focused on the growing need for early literacy.
â€śWe have too many kids starting school without the necessary skills,â€ť said Raspberry, â€śskills like basic reading. We have to do whatever we can to make sure these children are prepared as they start in our school systems. Otherwise, it slows the kids down and it slows the other students down as well.
â€śWe have an opportunity to help. Thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m coming to you.â€ť
Raspberry has approached the board previously for assistance with launching his youth program. On Monday, he talked about the need for the boardâ€™s help.
â€śI know $25,000 would not be enough to fund this program,â€ť Raspberry said, â€śbut it would help us get started and allow us to work with organizations who could grant us the necessary money.â€ť
Raspberry also said his program would â€śFocus on the parent and the child. If the parents canâ€™t read to their kids, we will have a mentor there to do that for them.â€ť
The Board of Supervisors did not take any action regarding Raspberryâ€™s appearance on Monday, opting to go to Board attorney Lee Coleman for legal advisement on the matter.
â€śWe do appreciate what you are trying to do,â€ť said District 3 Supervisor R.B. Davis. â€śAnything pertaining to education is definitely important.â€ť