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August 29, 2012

Improve Public Education One By One

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Jacksonville Public Education Fund

Jacksonville Public Education Fund

Improve Public Education One By One

Growth of community partnerships strengthens public education.

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) has established a presence
that encourages dialogue about public education and the importance
of sustaining and augmentating educational resources that are
needed in the 21st century classrooms of Jacksonville’s public schools.

A visual representation of the dynamic resources and the personal
touch of hands in involvement in public education often shows the
“faces of public education.” The need for not just parental involvement,
although parents are a child’s first educators, but the involvement of
political representatives engagement in dialogue and mentorships.

The ONE in THREE exhibit shows the faces and tell the stories of 20
current and former Duval County Public School students by dramatic
portraits by photographer Ingrid Damiani. The stories demonstrate the
influence of engaged communities that work ONE by ONE to ensure
that all students are successful in school. What better way to show the
“human side” to education than through photographs of real students
with real stories?
Elected officials need to be involved in public education support.
The success of our schools and accomplishments of students cannot be
put on hold because of the fear of political agendas. Schools need support
from all community stakeholders. On Wednesday, August 29th The ONE
in THREE exhibit will show the faces and tell the stories.

The stories demonstrate the influence of engaged communities that work
ONE by ONE to ensure that all students are successful in school. What
better way to show the “human side” to education than through photographs
of real students with real stories. Not scripted, not created to pull at the
collective heart strings of a community, not to make political statements,
but the true to life experiences, challenges and successes of students that
are and have been in the Duval County Public School System.

These photos allow us to be face to face and eye to eye to show everyone in
our multi-cultural city the importance of involvement in public education.
The involvement that brings hope; optimism to the adaptation of public education
to a global economy, growing cultural diversity, generational changes of
students and technological integration. These factors and more influence and
create avenues for change, but the most important aspect is the student in the
classroom; this is the human element.

Partnerships are created to sustain and strengthen growth, they allow
those with vested interests to participate in and contribute too, the overall
successes of all involved. Just as in the documentary, “Waiting for Superman,”
public education and the 124,000 students in DCPS can’t wait on changes to
trickle down to influence classroom learning. Teachers can’t wait on empty
promises of support from political entities with underlying motives, and political
rhetoric. Children can’t wait on those who have political agendas that try to
monetize/privatize education for political means. Schools need support,
parents need support and the community needs support in order to keep our
schools empowered to educate 21st century learners. Teachers need the support
of the complete community. Even if adults do not have children in the school
system, they must support the future leaders and workers that will provide the
services to help Jacksonville grow into the 21st century city it should be.
It is rare that political entities have a vested interest in the success of public education,
but Mayor Alvin Brown and his administration time and time again have shown their
support of public education through their efforts to support ROTC programs, athletic
programs that encourage leadership, programs such as Learn2Earn Experience that
promote higher education and through supporting scholar athletes and promotion of
scholarship and fair play. It is a welcome site so see this support and enthusiastic
participation by Mayor Brown and his administration in efforts such as this.

Congratulations to Mayor Brown in joining the coalition of partners that
continue to help Jacksonville come together in the name of public education
One By One. ONE in THREE: Let’s Solve Our Dropout Crisis.
The Jacksonville Florida community come out and support public education
and the efforts to educate the future of Jacksonville, Florida.

Mayor Alvin Brown and The Jacksonville Public Education Fund
Cordially invite you to the opening of a powerful Art Exhibition
ONE in THREE: Let’s Solve Our Dropout Crisis.
Wednesday, August 29 – 3:30 p.m.
City Hall Atrium
117 West Duval Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Please join for an uplifting afternoon and learn about the exciting
next steps in the ONE by ONE movement!
RSVP to ccruse@coj.net or call (904) 630-7258

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