By Lt. Jeff Smith, Administrative Assistant/PIO Kern Valley State Prison

For the third consecutive year, Kern Valley State Prison Staff conducted the Parents and Children Together (PACT) baby blanket drive.

Valley High School PACT is an innovative program that allows young parents to continue their high school education by customizing their class schedules and providing day-care services for their babies.

Many of the young parents enrolled in PACT are from low-income families and struggle with purchasing necessities.

Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) staff knitted, crocheted, quilted and purchased baby blankets with a goal of providing every child in the program with a warm blanket.  The staff was able to provide each parent and child with a blanket, baby wipes, baby powder and a bib.

“The ultimate goal is to have these young parents graduate from high school and, hopefully, continue their education,” said acting Warden Martin Biter. “It is our responsibility to encourage them and show them anything is possible.

“One of our very own Kern Valley Staff members was a student in the PACT program and she is an example of what hard work and determination can accomplish,” Warden Biter said. “The best part of the presentation was seeing the young parents with their babies. It was so nice to see all the love.”