PRLog (Press Release)
- Apr. 15, 2012 -
Philadelphia, PA: Dozens of parents, students, and community volunteers will go door-to-door, throughout the Queen Village Neighborhood of Philadelphia, on Saturday April 28th from 9am-1pm seeking support for Nebinger and Meredith Elementary Schools. Both school principals, Dr. Ralph Burnley and Mrs. Cindy Farlino, will also take part in the neighborhood canvass. The “It Takes Queen Village” campaigners will be asking neighbors to make financial contributions so the schools can purchase books and supplies, and asking for volunteers to donate time reading to kids or helping out at lunchtime. Queen Village residents will also be asked to sign a petition in support of public education. The grassroots education outreach and engagement campaign is sponsored by the new Schools and Youth Activities Committee of the Queen Village Neighbors Association (QVNA). Jeff Hornstein, president of QVNA, started the new committee recognizing that public education is the foundation for any successful community. “Every civic leader in the city knows that neighborhoods prosper, in part, when they have a quality neighborhood school as a community anchor,” says Hornstein. “With Harrisburg’s failure to adequately fund public education, and with the city’s coffers running dry, “It Takes Queen Village” is a model for community engagement.”
Leslie Patterson-Tyler is chairperson of the QVNA Schools & Youth Activities Committee. She has two kids at Meredith Elementary, and the church her husband pastors, Mother Bethel AME, has adopted Nebinger Elementary. “The quality of our children’s education is suffering because of deep cuts to the school budget,” says Patterson-Tyler. “As parents, we can only do so much in terms of fundraising. It truly does take all of Queen Village, and even people living outside of Queen Village, to help our children and schools get the resources they need.”
More volunteers are needed to help with the “It Takes Queen Village” neighborhood canvassing on Saturday April 28, 2012. All are welcome and you are encouraged to bring your children. For more information or to make a donation email: qvnaschoolnews@
gmail.com or go to www.qvna.org/
schools. You can also mail your check payable to “QVNA” to: QVNA PO Box 63763 Philadelphia, PA 19147. All media inquiries should be directed to Leslie Patterson-Tyler at Leslie@TylerMadePR.com or (609) 247-2632.
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