WYOMING NEWS SERVICE, Mountain View and Evanston, WY – Children take center stage for Wyoming's 3rd Annual “Step Up for Wyoming Kids” Week, held through this Saturday across the state. Carnivals, candidate forums and information fairs are on tap, focusing on how decisions made by elected leaders affect kids – whether it be in the classroom or the justice they find at the courthouse.
Deanna Frey with the Wyoming Children's Action Alliance, which helps coordinate the events, says she hears often that the Cowboy State is a great place to raise kids, but she knows from the statistics that it could be better.
Frey says that although government has a role to play in making children's lives better, this week's campaign also raises awareness about what Wyomingites can do in their neighborhoods to improve kids' situations.
Frey's other concerns are the nineteen children who have died of child abuse in recent years, and the 27% of fourth graders who are not reading at grade level.
Events are scheduled today in Mountain View and Evanston, and tomorrow in Casper, Jackson and Riverton.