We read with interest the notice about the People Helping People Campaign 1998 which was published in last week's edition of this newspaper. The group's support of various community agencies is commendable. We were surprised to know that it has been in existence for 11 years. Our concern relates to the Glen Cove High School Booster Club, one of the agencies listed as a recipient of last year's People Helping People campaign.
Unlike the Glen Cove Youth Board and the Glen Cove Association for the Advancement of the Mentally Retarded, the Booster Club is not a community-wide organization. The Booster Club only provides support for a small segment of the Glen Cove High School population. The Booster Club scholarships mentioned apply only to those seniors who attend the Glen Cove High School and participate in its athletic programs. The "Anything Goes" and "The Challenge of the Classes" are Glen Cove High School optional recreational activities that do not seem worthy of a Community Chest fund raiser.
The Glen Cove Youth Board serves as an advocate for all of the children of our community. The Glen Cove Association for the Advancement of the Mentally Retarded provides education, recreation and support for any family that is coping with mental retardation in one of its members.
As we understand it, the mission of People Helping People is designed to help all of Glen Cove's youth, not only those who attend the high school and participate in its organized athletic program.
We believe the mission would be better served if People Helping People were to raise funds for more inclusive programs such as the Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club; the Center for Parents and Children; the Glen Cove Junior Baseball, Soccer and Junior Football Leagues; not to mention all the other parent organizations who address the needs of children from all the elementary, middle and yes, even the non-public schools.
Please advise through this newspaper to whom these agencies may write to benefit from your outreach Friendship Drive People Helping People Campaign 1998.......Let it be for all the children.