Exhibit delves into poverty problem
Washington County Museum highlights 50 years of Community Action
Angel Gonzalez stood last week as a story of hope and success as the Washington County Museum kicked off its newest exhibit, The Changing Faces of Poverty.
The exhibit sheds light on Community Action and its 50 years in the Washington County community creating opportunities for those in need.
Gonzalez read a poem he wrote in 1995 when he was 12 years old, and his family had been helped by Community Action:
We were hungry, you fed us
We were cold, you gave us warmth
We were lonely, you gave us friendship
Many times you have been our hands,
our eyes, and our feet
Today let me give you my heart,
My appreciation, and my gratitude
Thank you members of
Community Action, for being a light
That gives us hope in our community.
Today, Gonzalez is a fourth-grade teacher at W.L. Henry Elementary School in Hillsboro, paying it forward to his community.
While some might see an exhibit about poverty as a negative, we believe the opposite, Jim McCreight, the museums board chairman. It sheds light on the multitude of challenges faced by people who are our friends, neighbors and even family members.
The exhibit continues through Nov. 21 at the Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., second floor of the Hillsboro Civic Center.
The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT