I have become increasingly concerned about our county’s efforts to educate young learners beyond the classroom. The options of productive things to do for teenagers are slim to none. The new movie theater, mini golf and two new pizza restaurants are among those things to do.

But, don’t we want more for our rising taxpayers? Leadership development opportunities such as an outdoor ropes course to improve their intellectual curiosity and their health IQ.

We need something now Wilkes, or tomorrow’s taxpayers will be early parents, drug addicts and couch potatoes. Our youth need more.

JAMAR BANKS,

Wilkesboro, N.C.

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