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Columbia Missourian

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vote yes on Prop 1, the Putting Kids First initiative

By Leigh Spence
October 30, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

As a professional school counselor, it is my privilege to advocate for young people, and I ask voters to support Proposition 1, the Putting Kids First initiative.

Proposition 1 will establish a Community Children's Service Fund in Boone County to provide support for the emotional and mental health needs of our children. The 1/4-cent sales tax increase will raise $5.4 million for children in Boone County to provide needed services.

If you think you are not touched by these issues, you are wrong. Children with mental health concerns are everywhere in our community: in our schools, our churches and our businesses. For the well-being of our community, as well as the children in our county, it is vitally important that you vote "Yes" on Proposition 1.

Leigh Spence is a Columbia resident and counselor at Hickman High School.