It is with a heavy heart that this will be the last official Granite State Rumblings as the NH Chapter of Every Child Matters is closing their doors.
Over the last few years MaryLou has informed us in great detail about upcoming legislation in Concord and Washington with the goal of ending poverty, building a strong educational system, and fighting for low income families every day.
Let me be the first to say Thank You for all of the hard work you have put in at Every Child Matters over the years. I would also like to thank Marylou on behalf of the NH Labor News for her tireless work keeping us well informed and allowing us to share her weekly updates.
While this may be the last official Granite State Rumblings, hopefully it will not be the last word from MaryLou.
Editor of the NH Labor News
Next week marks the end of a decade of advocacy, organizing, educating, researching, bird dogging, reporting, and having an important impact on the future of Granite State children and the programs and policies that affect them. Every Child Matters in New Hampshire is closing its doors.
Soon the lights will be turned off, the doors locked and the telephone disconnected. But the work we did over the course of the last 10 years lives on. It lives on in the legislation we helped move forward that impacts New Hampshire’s children and families, and the legislation that our collective voices helped stop that would have been detrimental to children’s well-being. It lives on in the knowledge that we helped to educate others about the needs of children and knowing that we gave all of our best efforts to ensuring that every child has equal opportunities to grow up healthy, well-educated and safe in their homes and communities.
For the past ten years, the mission of Every Child Matters in New Hampshire was so resonant because its values were already deeply embedded within the State. And while we are saddened that our doors are closing, nothing about the closure of the organization changes that. The mission lives on in all of you and your commitment to do right by New Hampshire’s children – ALL of them. Please continue to carry it on through your own work and practice.
On a personal note, I want to thank all of you for allowing me to share my passion with you. I have enjoyed meeting you, talking with you, working with you, and learning from you. I intend to continue to be a big voice for kids in New Hampshire and in Washington. My role may change, but my heart is always in this.
I also plan to continue to write about the programs, policies, and legislation that impacts children and their families. If you want to continue to be in touch and informed by having my thoughts and musings appear in your inbox, please send me an e-mail at kids1stconsulting(at)gmail.com.
Thank you for being a part of my life these past ten years!
New Hampshire Director
Every Child Matters