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Step Up for Kids Day – Sixth Anniversary

PHOTO: "Step Up for Kids Day" is tomorrow (Tuesday) in Casper. It's an annual proclamation by the city to highlight childhood programs and explain the needs of children in Wyoming. Photo courtesy Equality State Policy Center.
PHOTO: "Step Up for Kids Day" is tomorrow (Tuesday) in Casper. It's an annual proclamation by the city to highlight childhood programs and explain the needs of children in Wyoming. Photo courtesy Equality State Policy Center.
October 14, 2013

CASPER, Wyo. – Casper continues a tradition Tuesday proclaiming Oct. 15 as Step up for Kids Day.

It's the sixth year the city has set aside a day to talk about what Wyoming's children need to navigate the road to success.

Jeralee Salmon, Casper community coordinator for Circles Wyoming, is organizing the event.

She says statistics on child poverty, demand for quality child care and high school graduation rates will be presented, along with a message to everyone to mentor the next generation.

"Empower the children to make decisions on their own,” she says. “To feel worthy. To feel loved. To be able to become the well-rounded adults that we see around us."

Diana Enzi will be one of the speakers Tuesday.

Salmon says many people are surprised that child poverty is rising in Wyoming, when there's the perception that all jobs pay well.

She explains that isn't true, particularly in the service industry.

The latest U.S. Census figures show the state's childhood poverty rate is at 17 percent.

"I think it's important for people to pay attention, to see what we can do to positively impact and influence the programs and the policies," Salmon says.

She adds that children's programs have seen budget cuts in Wyoming in recent years.


Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - WY