High School students in the Ohio Valley have plenty of opportunities to succeed in whatever they wish to do. Their futures are wide open, and possibilities at that age are endless. They just have to make the right choices in life.
Unfortunately, young people in our society are also bombarded with opportunities to take the wrong path. It's not only up to parents to help guide them toward a brighter future for themselves. It takes a community.
We tip our hats to those in our neighborhoods who step up to the plate and help serve as role models and provide good opportunities for our area's children - those who hold the future of our communities in their own hands. Some may be surprised, but it doesn't really take much to play a key role in this cause. It takes a positive attitude and a willingness to help.
One recent example of those in the community taking the lead can be seen in Bridgeport. Next week, the Bridgeport Church of God will launch its first "Overtime" - an event for teens from the Bridgeport School District who are looking for something to do after Friday night's football game.
There will be a bonfire, food, glow-in-the-dark volleyball, corn hole, other games, music and more. The event promises to be loads of fun, and it also will be held in an "alcohol-free, tobacco-free and bully-free zone."
You don't have to be a member of the church, you just have to be a teen from Bridgeport who wants to have fun with your friends after the game.
Many times, good kids find themselves wondering down the wrong path simply out of boredom or the fact that there was not much else to do but to find trouble.
We applaud the organizers of this event and wish them great success. Hopefully this will be the beginning of a continuing tradition in Bridgeport, and hopefully events like these can become a model for similar activities in neighboring communities.