Making sure all children get the help they need to succeed is the goal of a $500,000 federal planning grant that St. Paul and the Wilder Foundation received in September, and tonight officials will unveil how this will work.
It’s a Promise Neighborhood grant — St. Paul received one of 21 awarded around the country — and is designed to “create plans to provide cradle-to-career services that improve the educational achievement and healthy development of children.”
It’s also billed as a way to build effective schools with strong support systems.
The area covered by the St. Paul grant is a 250-block area in the Summit-University and Frogtown neighborhoods.
Tonight, city, county, school and Wilder officials will explain the plan and let residents know how they can get involved. The program runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Oxford Community Center, Lexington Parkway and Marshall Avenue.
Scheduled to attend are:
- St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman
- Superintendent Valeria Silva
- City Council Member Melvin Carter
- Wilder Foundation President MayKao Hang
- Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter
- Promise Neighborhood Project Director Hamilton Bell
There will be activities for children and free food from local restaurants.