Our View: Above and beyond

Posted: March 20, 2014

In the field of health care, we are continually reminded of the importance of preventative medicine. That is, it’s folly to take good health for granted; it behooves us to take additional steps to assure our well-being.

In no small way should the same mindset apply to our schools. That, in our view, was the subliminal message coursing through Wednesday’s kickoff of the Bright Futures-Frederick County program.

Founded in Joplin, Mo., and locally the brainchild of Frederick County schools chief David Sovine, Bright Futures is, in essence, a conduit organization, a bridge linking students and families with a community’s available resources — its time, talents, and treasure.

“It’s all about sharing and supporting, not competing,” Dr. Sovine said at Wednesday’s breakfast lid-lifter at SU.

Hence, the preventative aspect: The Frederick school system exhibits all manner of good health, but its students face myriad challenges — e.g., familial stress, even homelessness — that can be addressed through community involvement and mentoring.

“We can’t do this alone,” Dr. Sovine concluded. “We are one community.”

And now one with an even “bright(er) future.”