Burleson Named Among Best for Youngsters

City makes 100 Best Communities for Young People list

By Bruce Felps
|  Tuesday, Sep 21, 2010  |  Updated 11:45 AM CDT
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Burleson Named Among Best for Youngsters

Joe Rosato Jr.

Civic projects engaging youth were a primary reason for Burleson's selection.

Kids younger than about 19 can’t do much better than having a Burleson, Texas, address.

At least that’s what the folks with the America’s Promise Alliance — some sort of something associated with ING financial services company — kind of said this morning during an announcement ceremony at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., when Burleson was named to the 100 Best Communities for Young People.

The honor recognizes Burleson for its various activities to engage young people in civic projects and such, which is probably a good thing since about one-third of the city’s population is younger than 19, according to Mayor Ken Shetter.

The city operates the Mayor’s Youth Council, 13- to 19-year-olds who advise city officials on community issues. Maybe they can come over here and straighten out some of Dallas’ problems. They probably can’t do any worse than the adults.

There are a variety of other considerations that go into earning the award like programs that help keep children in school and prepare them for college and the workforce, according to the news release issued by America’s Promise Alliance.

And for all its good work with and for kids, Burleson gets listed on an online interactive map along with the other 99 “best” communities, two road signs announcing the honor, and a trophy. Oh, and city officials attending this morning’s ceremony got to meet Kellan Lutz of “Twilight” because he’s the celebrity youth face of the program or something.

Too bad Burleson’s youth weren’t there to meet him.

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He’s all for kids who achieve … from a distance.

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