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W.A.M.Y. Means Better
Education For Children
what does a community
action agency mean to a ru
ral mountain community?
It may mean many things,
of course, but the meaning
of W.A.M.Y. Community Ac
tion, Inc. is becoming clear
er to the citizens of Watauga,
Avery, Mitchell, and Yancjy
Counties in Western Nor.h
First of all, It means bet
ter education for children
and a dramatio decrease in
the drop-out rate. W.A.MY.
has provided funds for the
employment of eight guid
ance counsellors and twelve
reading technicians in the
four counties. The reading
technicians) are helping
children to overcome their
reading deficiencies. The
counsellors are working with
school drop-outs and poten
tial drop-outs and with their
families In an effort to keep
young people in school. Al
ready twenty drop-outs have
been influenced to return to
school in one county, and
many others have been en
couraged to stay in school.
Last summer 787 pre
school children took advan-
fruits and vegetables and or
namental plants. Interest
has been created in estab
lishing a lowrcost housing
project in Boone, and efforts
have been undertaken to as
sist in the process of locat
ing new industries for the
These are some of the
things which a community
action agency can mean to
a rural mountain community
Coordination of efforts in
all of these undertakings is
essential and existing agen
cies and organizations are
working together with WA.
MY. in an effort to make
Watauga, Avery, Mitchell
and Yancey Counties a bet
ter place in which to live
and work in the future,
services,- and to work on such
problems as the improve
ment of housing and garbage
In each of the four
W A.M.Y. Counties funds
have been made available to
employ a community organ
izer and a horticulturist thr
ough the Agricultural Exten
sion Service; a marginal
families caseworker through
the Department of Public
Welfare; a publis health ed
ucator, a public health nur
se, and seven friendly Hone
Visitors through the Public
Health Department; and an
Information Programs De
veloper through the Region
al Library. All of these new
personnel are working to
stimulate the developing of
community organizations.
They a’so work with individ
ual families as visitors and
counsellors to help them
so’ve some of their pressing
problems. 1
Adult education classes are
being established In coopera
tion with the Regional tech
nical Institutes and training
c' asses are being set up for
nurses’ aides, brick masons,
carpenters, etc., in coopera
tion with the Employment
Security Commission. The
production and marketing of
quality crafts Is being stim
ulated in the counties to
help raise the income of
many families.
A maximum of 390 young
people between the ages of
16 and 22 participated In the
Neighborhood Youth Corps
Program last summer. These
youths were provided with
part-time work, counselling,
and remedial education.
Many have been placed In
full-time jobs, and some
have returned to school.
When new contracts are ap
proved. approximate’y 700
ln-school and out-of-school
youths will be eligible to par
ticipate In this program. Hie
purpose of the Neighborhood
Youth Corps is to provide
youths with temporary work
experience and training so
that they can become fully
employed, return to school,
or be placed In more Inten
sive training programs.
The staff of WAMY.
Community Action, Inc. Is
»*so Interested In the econo
mic development of the re
gion. A Small Business De
velopment Center has been
established to screen aopll
cations for economic oppor
tunity loans. Assistance Is
being provided to fanners In
their efforts to market small
tage of the Head Start Read
iness Program, and 1153 first
and second graders were
provided a six-weeks sum
mer enrichment program In
addition, approximately 2500
Meeting Os
Marshall—W. N. Knight,
Adjutant, Department o f
North Carolina, Veterans of
World War I, announced to
day, that a meeting of World
War I veterans has been ar
ranged for Sunday after
noon, in the Madison County
Courthouse at 2:30 o’clock.
Representatives from the
state organization will be in
Beginring on November 1,
an ambitious statewide mem
bership will be launched In
to every county in the state.
Knight, in making these
plans known stated that the
average age of World War I
veterans is now averaging
71 years. Only a, limited
number of our veterans are
now eligible to comoete in
the present day labor mark
et due to age and physical
disabil'tles. Therefore, we
feel that Congress should
take a new look at the pro
blems of the non-service
co-mected veterans.
Knight., also predicted that
durinGr the final session of
the 89th Congress that con
venes In January will exam
ine the Increase in Social
Security benefits which has
a f, e<*te-i a number of our
veterans now on the pension
ro’ls. There is Immediate
reed for improvements In
the r°npton now b°ing paid
to the men who served th°ir
cnmt.ry 47 years ago, Knight
All World War I veterans
In surround’-'g counties are
cordial 1 v invited to attend
the meeting in
Marla* Corps To
Accopt Men Wijfc
On Dependent
Ra’eigh, N. C., November
s—Hie United States Marine
Corps announced today that
it will now accept otherwise
qualified young men between
the ages of 17 and 28 who
have one dependent.
Married men without
children and men with one
dependent parent or child
may now serve for two,
three or four years of active
children took advantage of
a summer recreation pro
gram operated in the four
counties. These programs
have Improved relationships
between the schools and par
ents, and they have made It
possible for more children to
successfully participate i n
public school programs. _
W.A MY. Community
tlon, Inc. algo means that
people living In rural com
munities are beginning to
organize, to discuss their
problems, and to work to
gether for cooperative solu
tions. This year twelve new
community organizations
have been established In the
four counties, and seven In
active community organiza
tions have been reactivated.
Citizens in these communi
ties are beginning to realize
that through ef
forts they can solve many of
their problems. Meetings
have been held In nineteen
other communities where
full-fledged organizations
will be developed shortly.
These citizen groups are be
ginning to work together to
improve environmental sani
tation conditions, to develop
community centers, to seek
recreational and educational

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