Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

May 16, 2013

Save the Bridge Program

Please do not close the Frostburg United Methodist Church Bridge Program. The community and many families need this program. Let me enlighten you about a few things.

 My son Matthew is 4 years old. He can do some math and he can write any letter or number you ask him to. He has been writing these things since he was 2 years old and began the Bridge Program.

Sometimes while we are sitting at the dinner table or watching a movie he will come off with things like “Mommy, Thomas Jefferson is third.”

When I asked him how he knew that he said “Miss Ticia!”

Then I figured out that he knows the first five presidents in order, plus more.

He also cleans up his messes and offers to help with random things. He is very kind and a good sharer. These are traits that I know Miss Ticia helped instill in him.

Miss Ticia also potty trained him before his third birthday. Some mornings he doesn’t want to get out of bed and I say, “Don’t you want to go to school (that’s what we call the Bridge Program)?”

Then he always hops right up, and other mornings he comes down stairs dressed and ready to go. He loves the staff and the program and would be lost without them, as our whole family would be.

 Miss Ticia gets the children into helping the community. She has them participate in food drives and other things that benefit this town. She makes bags for the children to fill with gifts to give to the patients in the nursing home and also the Woman’s Shelter.

My children look forward to finding things to give to people who are in need and I know its because of activities they do at the Bridge program.

 If you close the Bridge Program, it would be devastating to the community and to so many families including mine.

We bring our children here for the staff and program, not the building. The Bridge Program is neither replaceable nor disposable, as some are treating it.

The staff is amazing and the program is very much needed. Miss Ticia puts her heart and soul into caring for those children and she has made such a difference in my children intellectually and socially as I’m sure she has many others.

The Bridge Program accepts everyone and does not discriminate against any religion or background. They don’t judge you, they basically take you in as family !

 If you are considering closing this program, I would encourage you to go in and observe this wonderful atmosphere yourself for just one day and see if you might change your mind. Thank you for your time.

Cindy Bolden

Frostburg

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