Newcomerstown Schools is at the heart of our community working hard to form partnerships with families, community organizations and citizens in order to create successful students. The Newcomerstown Teachers' Association recently received the PEP/FSCP (Public Engagement Project/Family-School-Community Partnership) grant from the National Education Association. The grant is designed to assist our local community with implementing a Community Conversation focusing on closing achievement gaps for our students. The Community Conversation will provide an opportunity for seniors, parents, educators, clergy, community, and business leaders in Newcomerstown to discuss issues that impact our schools and community.

They are calling this Project HOPE (Helping Others Prosper through Empowerment). The Community Conversation is scheduled for Thursday, July 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Hampton Inn in Newcomerstown. The community is encouraged to attend. Dinner will be provided. There is no cost to attend. They ask that you reserve a seat to Erin Peoples at 498-9433.

During the Community Conversation, they want to identify the most critical issues affecting both the community and the schools. Next, they will organize a follow-up collective community action planning session that will focus on the issues identified at the Community Conversation and on developing a plan where the community and schools can work together to overcome these issues.