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EDITORIAL: Political activism spurred in youth

York Dispatch
  • New businesses give back to their new community.
  • York County Libraries celebrates young readers in its GOAL program.

Thumbs up: Even though he was too young to vote, Unique Fields, 14, of York City, was keeping an eye on the election returns. When it was all said and done, he was not happy with the results.

So he planned a demonstration.

Unique Fields, 14, of York City, holds an anti-Trump sign during his protest in Continental Square on Friday.

"My gut reaction was: How am I gonna get through this?" the Devers K-8 student said.

It doesn’t matter his cause; it doesn’t matter how many supporters showed up; it doesn’t matter how much media coverage it garnered.

It matters that he wanted his voice to be heard and he took the proper channels to vent his frustration.

A lot of people are doing just that in the wake of the historic election, but many aren’t doing it properly, as evidenced by the riotous protests resulting in arrests, injury and property damage.

It  matters that at a young age, Unique and plenty of his contemporaries are taking notice of politics and what they mean to their lives and the lives of their friends.

Lone York City student takes a stand

Fellow activist John Beck showed up to give his support. "We need more youth ... they're the future," he said.

Asked how kids his age could get involved in politics to make a difference, Unique responded:

"Making their voices heard."

Thumbs up: To MOD Pizza and Metro Diner, which recently opened  in the West Manchester Town Center with fundraisers for local nonprofits.

MOD Pizza got the ball rolling with free pizza or salad to its first 52 customers during its grand opening Tuesday. Then the restaurant donated the money from the day’s pizza sales to Leg Up Farm, a therapy center for children with special needs.

Metro Diner preceded its opening with events benefiting Leg Up Farm and Olivia’s House, a grief and loss center for children.

MOD Pizza, Metro Diner set to open in West Manchester

Does it make great business sense and get good press? Sure, as you see.

If new businesses want to contribute to the community they are entering, we’ll happily play along!

Thumbs up: To York County Libraries for hosting the Grade One At the Library (GOAL) Celebration Saturday at the Penn State York Conference Center.

GOAL is a program for county first-graders that encourages them to get a library card and visit their library by offering incentives.

The celebration offered storytelling, face painting and autographed books by children’s author and illustrator Peter Catalanotto.

“First grade is often the time when children are learning to read, and the library provides children and their parents with free access to books at the appropriate reading levels,” said York County Libraries president Robert Lambert in a news release.

“By connecting students to educational opportunities, resources and books, the GOAL program is one way that our libraries reinforce what children are learning at school and home,” he said.

Celebrating first-graders who read