New Movement To Announce Plans For Public Schools and Communities

COLUMBUS – Strong Schools Strong Communities is a new statewide, grass roots coalition to promote the ties between strong communities and strong public schools.

Deb Papesh, a volunteer in her community for public schools, said at a press conference Monday she is joining the movement to help promote and protect our public schools and communities.

“Strong Schools Strong Communities will inform and engage Ohioans at the community level to understand, appreciate and support our system of common public schools,” Papesh said.

Donna O’Connor, a teacher in the Columbus area, said Strong Schools Strong Communities community members need to join together to become active advocates, fighters on the frontlines, for their communities and their public schools.

“We will promote policies that strengthen our schools and communities,” O’Connor said. “We must ensure all children, not just some, but all children receive the opportunity for a high quality education to prepare them for their future and for our future.”

Lamarr Henry, a junior high school student at the David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center in Dayton, said great stories unfold each and every day in every public school district across this state.

“We are going to use all forms of social and new media to stay in touch with students, educators, our neighbors, our family members, small business owners, property owners, community leaders and others,” Henry said.

Alli Close, a small businesswoman and Columbus-area realtor, said she is joining because she understands our local public schools are critical to the success of our communities.

“We need to prepare our students so they have the opportunity to stay home and make our communities and our state stronger,” Close said.



Strong Schools Strong Communities is a grass-roots, citizen-driven, non-partisan movement dedicated to informing and engaging Ohioans at the community level to understand, appreciate and support our system of common public schools


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