[Extensions of Remarks]
From the Congressional Record Online through GPO
COMMEMORATING THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF CAMP FIRE'S ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE
HON. SHEILA JACKSON LEE
in the house of representatives
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Ms. JACKSON LEE. Mr. Speaker, I rise to commemorate the 20th year of
Camp Fire's Absolutely Incredible Kid Day, which observed the third
Thursday in March and is devoted to sending uplifting messages to the
youth in their lives.
Founded in 1910, by Luther Gulick, M.D., and his wife, Charlotte
Gulick, Camp Fire is a leading national youth development organization
that guides “young people on their journey to self-discovery.”
As founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Children's caucus, I
understand the importance of encouraging and supporting our youth to
grow and thrive in this world.
Camp Fire's Absolutely Incredible Kid Day honors our nation's youth
by asking adults to write letters of encouragement and inspiration to
the incredible kids in their lives.
This is a simple and impactful way to let the youth know how much
people care and support them.
There are numerous ways for adults to participate in this call to
action including using social media to tag, tweet, post, and write
letters of love and support to kids.
The campaign has received the critical acclaim of child and family
care experts, award winning authors, noted psychologists, and adults
and kids everywhere, including Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7
Habits of Highly Effective Families; Tipper Gore, who is a leading
child advocate; and the famous Astronaut, the late U.S. Senator John
Celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Jim Carrey, and Cindy Crawford
have also given their support to Absolutely Incredible Kid Day.
In Houston, Texas we know that it truly takes an entire community to
raise a child.
Houston has a distinct history of uplifting the youth in our
community so they can excel in any area they choose.
A few examples of Houstonians who have benefited from community
support are: the entertaining Beyonce Knowles Carter; the hilarious Jim
Parsons, from the Big Bang Theory;
the talented actor Isaiah. Washington, from Grey's Anatomy; and Simone
Biles, who set the record for the most gold medals in women's
gymnastics at a single Olympic games.
I rise to reaffirm my support for our youth and commend the Camp Fire
organization on their Absolutely Incredible Kid Day initiative which
reminds adults to let children know that they are loved and supported
by their families and members of their community.