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South Learning Community Holds Faith Roundtable

.Dr. Whitaker

.Faith Summit

 

One Church One School was the focus of a recent faith roundtable convened by the South Learning Community. Rev. Carrell Cargle, Sr., Vice President of One Church One School in Chicago, Illinois, was the keynote speaker. Founded in 1992, the community organization’s purpose is to establish partnerships between churches and schools to support education. The program does not teach religion or encourage students to participate in any religious activity.

During his address, Rev. Cargle encouraged faith leaders and district principals to make a difference. “We are there to support the principal,” he said. “If we can get a church to partner with a school, we can solve a lot of problems. What we need is for people to care. We can work together to save education.”

Dr. Gyimah Whitaker, South Learning Community Area Superintendent, told the group that it is her goal that “100 per cent of all South Learning Community schools will have a faith partner aligned with their schools by 2022.” “Community collaboration starts with us,” Dr. Whitaker said.

Union City Mayor Vince Williams and South Fulton Mayor William Edwards, along with faith leaders, principals, and community partners also participated in the event.

Highlights of the Roundtable included examples of school/faith partnerships at Brookview Elementary and College Park Elementary, a presentation by Dawn Price of the Zion Hill Community Development Corporation, who spoke about housing programs for the homeless, and table talks with principals and faith leaders in their schools’ zip codes. Faith leaders walked away with a working knowledge of what resources are needed to assist schools.