Today, I launched a new section on my website called "Helping Our Children." The site, which is aimed at offering children support in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11th can be accessed by logging on to my website at www.house.gov/emerson and clicking on the "Helping Our Children" link
While the terrorist attacks touched each of us, the September 11th attack on America had an especially profound effect on the children in our nation. But I believe that there are things we can all do to help our children through these tough times. I invite each of you to take a look at the various links I have included in this site. Some of them are targeted at helping parents talk to kids and others focus on what teachers can do in their classrooms to help their students. Finally, there are some excellent resources for our kids that encourage them to get involved and be a part of the healing process in our nation.
One of those links is to a site specifically dealing with America's Fund for Afghan Children, the President's initative for children in America to help children in Afghanistan. The President's new initiative to assist Afghan children is modeled on the original 1938 March of Dimes campaign from the Roosevelt Administration. In that successful campaign, President Franklin Roosevelt appealed to American children to each donate a dime to help eradicate polio. The effort succeeded not only in raising funds for the effort that defeated polio, but also in generating significant interest among American youth at helping others in need. The original campaign was a grassroots effort, supported by the leadership of the President of the United States.