EDITORIAL: Region pitches in for Gary children

2013-11-20T00:00:00Z 2013-11-20T19:55:30Z EDITORIAL: Region pitches in for Gary children nwitimes.com
November 20, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The new John Will Anderson Boys & Girls Club at the former Tolleston Middle School is an example of what can happen when the region pulls together in support of a common goal.

In this case, it was turning an abandoned school building into a community center that provides a safe, healthy, nurturing environment for children.

The school was shuttered because of declining enrollment, the result of both population decline in the city and competition by charter schools. There are too many others sitting vacant in Gary and other communities.

The good news, though, is a former eyesore has been turned into an attractive and functional community center for children.

Former Times Publisher Bill Masterson Jr. spoke Friday of attending a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana and sitting with children who missed being able to play outside because there had been too many shootings. It broke Masterson's heart, but it stirred him -- and the region -- to action.

Volunteers from throughout the city -- throughout the region -- pitched in to help prepare the building for construction. Old textbooks, trophies, computers, flags, globes and other school supplies, along with leftover food, were cleared out.

Donations from generous donors throughout the region helped raise money for the project as well.

This is the kind of cooperation that can, and should, happen on other issues as well.

Instead of scolding individual communities for not solving their own problems, provide a helping hand. In this instance it was Gary, but it just as easily have been a challege facing Hammond, Crown Point, Kouts or anywhere else.

Pitch in, because strengthening one community strengthens the entire region. And donating time or money helps the donor, not just the recipient.

Copyright 2014 nwitimes.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow The Times

Latest Local Offers

Featured Businesses

Submit a Letter to Editor

We welcome letters from readers on any issue of public interest, and make every effort to publish as many as we can and in a timely manner. The Times will publish only one letter a month from a writer, and be sure to include your name, address and a telephone number for verification. Letters should be 150 words or less. They will be edited.

Letters may be submitted:
  • Via our submission form.
  • Via e-mail.
  • Via fax: (219) 933-3249 or (219) 465-7298
  • Via mail or by hand to our offices:
    • 601 45th Ave., Munster, IN 46321
    • 2080 N. Main St., Crown Point, IN 46307
    • 1111 Glendale Blvd., Valparaiso, IN 46383
    • 3410 Delta Dr., Portage, IN 46368
    • Please mark envelopes with "Attn: Letters"


Email Editorial Page Editor Doug Ross or call (219) 548-4360 or (219) 933-3357



Do you agree with The Times Editorial Board's endorsements in statewide races?

View Results