AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Local pastors, coaches, teachers and other city leaders are coming together with one vision in mind: addressing what they call a continued need to re-engage local youth and break down division.
With the first-ever Community-Wide Vacation Bible School, youth from the northern part of Amarillo are being provided the opportunity to participate in community fellowship with their peers.
"We wanted to be able to offer a product to students that wouldn't necessarily get it because they couldn't get out of the neighborhood and experience vacation bible school at other churches," said Pastor James Tudman.
Tudman added his committee hopes the event will expose children to a variety of topics and local leaders.
"Students find motivation in many areas, it could be a teacher, it could be a preacher or even a football coach," said Tudman. So, if we can put them in contact with as many professional people as possible, you never know what that can do for a student."
Community Leader Juilan Reese said the program could give kids a worthy example to model themselves after.
"It's important for young people to see people who look like them doing great things and being successful," said Reese. "It's not about taking away from anybody else, but it's important for kids to see that they don't just have to be the standard."
Over 100 children attended last night's opening program located at the Northern Heights Alternative School.
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