I'm asking everyone in Washington County to support the Washington County Children Services levy. As a teacher in the Marietta City School District for 32 years, I have witnessed the immense need for the School Outreach Prevention Program (SOPP). In 1980, Washington School had one half time Title I teacher. Title I is based on the number of free and reduced lunches (income is below the poverty level). Today, three of the four elementary schools in Marietta are Title I Schools. More than 50 percent of the students receive free or reduced lunch. There are three or more Title I teachers at these schools. Poverty certainly does not mean bad families. Poverty means that families are struggling and under a great deal of stress. Stress is a powder keg.