Parents, children, friends and partners gathered at Maxfield Elementary School on May 14 for update and resource fair on the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood (SPPN). The community update included information on how the collaborative is working together and a review of the resources available to families.
The evening kicked off with a song by the kids who attended last year's SPPN Freedom School, a summer learning-loss-prevention program that will be available this summer as well. Several organizations provided updates on the SPPN initiative, and representatives from the Cultural Wellness Center, the Saint Paul Public Schools, Wilder Child Development Center, Sankofa Reading Program, Portico Healthnet, Sprockets out of school time, Ramsey County Safety, the Saint Paul Police and others answered questions, signed up participants, and provided information at the resource fair.
"The event provided a wonderful opportunity to connect with the people that the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood initiative is really all about – families! Seeing all the people from the community who took time to join us and hear what the SPPN has been up to and to give feedback to us was really exciting," said Kristine Martin, Vice President, Wilder Center for Communities and Interim Director of the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood. "We are looking forward to connecting with the community on a quarterly basis going forward."
SPPN is a broad public, private and community collaboration to help children in Saint Paul's Frogtown and Summit-University neighborhoods succeed in school and in life. The initiative is focusing on children's academic and social development from birth through grade 5. The key elements include early childhood learning, literacy development, parent engagement and broader community support.