St. Paul unveils plans for Promise Neighborhoods grant

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.

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