By Josh Mitchell/Corinth Today News Editor
Nearly one-third of Alcorn County children were below the poverty level, a recent Census estimate found.
Some of them will probably break the cycle of poverty one day while others will continue living in a low-income environment as adults.
Children who live in poverty are there through no fault of their own. They were born into it.
Poverty can lead to other problems such as reducing access to healthy foods and safe neighborhoods, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention states.
I recently asked someone if she thought it was harder for low-income children to succeed in school compared to their more well-to-do counterparts, and she said, “It’s not really where you come from it’s how you handle it. I’ve seen kids that really have nothing, and they’re not complaining, but they’re doing what they need to do to be successful.”
But she said some kids from wealthy families may “pass up opportunities” because they may feel “mom and dad will take care of it.”
She added that, “I’ve seen it from every aspect. I don’t think where you come from determines your outcome. I really don’t.”
It is true that many people overcome obstacles in life to succeed, and those are inspiring stories.
I would like to interview families in Alcorn County who live below the poverty line to hear their stories.
The 2011-2015 Census data showed that an estimated 30.6 percent of Alcorn County children under 18 were below the poverty level.
And an estimated 43.7 percent of Alcorn County children under 5 were below the poverty level.
It was also estimated that about 38 percent of African Americans in Alcorn County were below the poverty level compared to about 18 percent of whites.
Whether a family has a father present can make a big difference in the poverty percentage. For instance, an estimated 70 percent of families with children under five with no father present were below poverty in Alcorn County compared to 32 percent with a father present.
I can look at percentages all day, but I would rather speak with the families living in these situations.
Those interested in sharing their stories can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (662) 872-9907.