Thank you to Osceola High School students, Osceola Medical Center and the Osceola Police Department for sponsoring the Transgender Educational Event at Osceola High School in January. Hopefully with more awareness and acceptance we can reduce the number of children who commit suicide, become homeless, drug addicted or who have violence committed against them. These young people face a difficult road, not of their choosing, with our understanding we can make that road more manageable for them and their families.

The OHS club, Osceola Inclusive was instrumental in making this event happen. Their wonderful t-shirts say this on the back, “Diversity is a Fact. Inclusion is an Act.” I am proud to be a member of a community whose institutions are making inclusion a priority.

Cheryl Beardslee



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