To the editor: Since early 2020, FAR Better Together has been working to achieve several goals in the greater Shamokin Area: to develop inclusion, respect and pride in our area. To this end, the group can cite many accomplishments: sponsorship of boys’ and girls’ youth basketball teams; assistance to a student-driven Christmas gift program; purchase of back-to-school supplies; and free swim nights with refreshments and entertainment at the city pool. We have also attained 501(c)3 nonprofit status.

In addition to our youth initiatives, FAR Better Together has also sponsored community improvement events such as metal recycling, used clothing drives and electronics recycling. We organized the Fifth Ward clean-up held this summer and participated in and contributed to the Fifth Ward Block Party held later that week.

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