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Marion Co. Recreation Department
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From the Feb. 10, 2021
issue of The Journal

By Richard Harris
   Recreational opportunities, especially for the youth, are routinely seen as a sign of a community's strength, as well as a major factor in quality of life.
   While some may see it as simply "something for the kids to do", taking part in recreation programs actually helps children in profound ways off of the fields and courts, as well as

for many years in the future once their final season is over.
   A recent Texas A&M University study concluded: "Youth development is the ongoing process in which all youth are engaged in attempting to meet their basic personal and special needs to be safe, feel cared for, be valued, be useful, and be spiritually grounded, and to build skills and competencies that allow them to function and contribute in their daily lives."
   With that in mind, the Marion County Recreation Board (Jan Whitley, B.J. Porter, Bill Addison, Jaime McCardle) and Director Sarah Allen recently unveiled a bold plan for the future. It includes not only relocating facilities, but also expanding them.
   However, they know they can't do it without the community's full support. They expect to need more than $1 million to execute the plan. They currently have $6,640.
   In a recent report to the Marion County Commission, they ...
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