"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.
We're blessed to live in a giving community.
There are several very good, caring organizations which make our area a great place to live.
One of those is a real gem, quietly making a positive difference.
It's the Greater Enrichment Program of Charlotte, which has been around now for 37 years.
G.E.P. is an after-school educational program for young at-risk students, kindergarten through 6th grade.
G.E.P. aims to provide a safe and caring environment for children whose families that can't afford after-school care.
This is for kids who would otherwise go home to an empty house, or worse, end up causing trouble on the streets.
It assists with academic achievement, cultural enrichment, positive self-esteem…and also helps kids learn the value of productive citizenship.
G.E.P. has touched over 10,000 families across Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
Now it's very true our children are our future.
But we have a role to play.
If you know a child who would benefit from G.E.P., let his or her parents and teachers know about the program.
At the very least, we ask that you check out the Greater Enrichment Program at G-E-P-I-N-C dot org.
Learn a little bit about it. Think about getting involved.
Your investment, in either time or money, will show a child that you care.
Because WBTV is "On Your Side," we encourage everyone to "Speak Out" – tell us what YOU think. SpeakOut@wbtv.com.
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