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Education summit on Saturday a regional gathering

Alissa Widman Neese • Mar 15, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Ebenezer Baptist Church will host the city’s third annual education summit Saturday, titled “Educating Children Across the Districts.”

The summit will be in the education center, part of the church’s newly completed expansion. The gathering is sponsored by the Sandusky chapter of the NAACP and the Sandusky Area Education Coalition.

Want to go

What: Third annual regional education summit 

When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Ebenezer Baptist Church, 1215 Pierce St., Sandusky

Cost: Free 

This year’s summit is the first to join representatives from several area districts, said Thanda Maceo, NAACP education committee chair and a church trustee. 

The first two events focused strictly on Sandusky Schools. 

“Although they have separate challenges, all districts confront some of the same common issues,” Maceo said. “To ensure our students have the quality education they deserve, we need to come together to talk about these issues and make a difference.”

There is no fee to attend and anyone interested in bettering educational opportunities for children is encouraged to participate.

There will be brief presentations, a discussion with district superintendents and several hands-on workshops. Breakfast and lunch will be provided and participants can earn continuing education credits for attending.

Topics to be discussed include: •Shrinking and shared financial resources. 

•Parental engagement. 

•Socioeconomic challenges. 

•Third grade reading guarantee. 

•Bullying and school safety. 

Previous summits have netted tangible results, including impacting Sandusky Schools’s strategic plan and inspiring parent involvement in their children’s school days, said Annette Gallagher, NAACP education committee member.

“We can’t just talk, we need to act,” Gallagher said. “Anyone who has an interest in the welfare of our community should come.”

Edison Schools superintendent Tom Roth, who plans to attend Saturday, said this is a great way to unite schools and the local community.

“It’s a team effort and we need to have everyone involved,” Roth said. “Both make each other better and make our children more successful.”

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