Community has second 'Conversation' for Project HOPE

The second Community Conversation sponsored by Project HOPE, a project of the Newcomerstown Teachers' Association, took place Oct. 8.

The grant that NTA received from the National Education Association paid for all costs associated with the second Conversation.

Approximately 30 people attended the conversation at the David Barber Civic Center. The purpose of the conversation was to discuss the four priorities identified from the first Conversation that was held in July. The priorities are: Data gathering/technology; relationship building; mentoring/tutoring; and funding/volunteers.

Participants met in small groups to define these priorities and create action steps for them that will help close achievement gaps for Newcomerstown students. The small groups then reported to the entire group on what they discussed.

The Project HOPE organizing team will be meeting in November to organize the ideas and action steps that were identified at the second conversation and create a comprehensive plan to move forward with. The team plans to meet with the board of education to share this plan.

For information or to get involved with Project HOPE, call Erin Peoples at 498-9433.