Yancey Commissioners Honor Partnership for Children Efforts

At their September meeting, Yancey County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution honoring the valuable work of the Blue Ridge Partnership of Children. The Partnership is a multiple county non-profit organization located in Burnsville providing education, training and early child development initiatives in Avery, Mitchell and Yancey Counties. Some of the programs provided by the Partnership include the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Child Care Resource and Referral, and the Healthy Families initiative.

"The commissioners recognize the important work the Partnership does to positively affect a child's potential to become a healthy, productive member of society as an adult," stated Commissioner Johnny Riddle. The resolution notes that the Blue Ridge Partnership for Children is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of North Carolina Smart Start which was established by the State of North Carolina in 1993 to help prepare young children to enter school.

Commissioners presented the resolution to Executive Director Jennifer Simpson during the Partnership's annual fundraising event on September 24th, expressing appreciation for her hard work, dedication, and leadership throughout the last twenty years. They also recognized the staff of the Blue Ridge Partnership for exemplary public service to the children and families of Yancey County. The resolution proclaimed Monday, October 1st as "Blue Ridge Partnership for Children Day" in Yancey County, and a small celebration was held in the Burnsville office on that day.

If you would like to know more about the programs and initiatives available from the Blue Ridge Partnership for Children, please visit their office located at 392 East Main Street in Burnsville or on the web at www.BlueRidgeChildren.org.


Commissioners present Resolution to Jennifer Simpson, BRPFC Executive Director. L-R: Jennifer Simpson, Commissioner Jill Austin, Commissioner Johnny Riddle, and County Manager Nathan Bennett.

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