WHAT: A 300-person public action organized by VOICE and the Rt 1/Mt Vernon community leaders where public officials will be called on to commit to partnering with VOICE congregations and allies to invest in youth recreation facilities and fix gaps in transportation and outreach that prevent youth from participating in high-quality afterschool activities. VOICE will challenge public officials to allocate a portion of the impending 2012 $75 million Fairfax Park Bond to help fund synthetic turf fields at West Potomac & Mount Vernon high schools and to organize a public-private partnership to create an open recreation field near Audubon; to improve grassy fields at local parks; to make changes to Fairfax County Connector service to help Sandburg Middle School students get home afterschool; and to support building robust afterschool programs for elementary school youth.
WHEN: 7:30pm – 8:45pm Monday, June 11 2012
WHERE: Multipurpose Room of Bethlehem Baptist Church (7836 Fordson Road Alexandria VA 22306)
CONFIRMED PUBLIC OFFICIALS:
Gerry Hyland, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Member
Jeff McKay, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Member
Dan Storck, Fairfax County School Board Member
Lynwood Gorham, Fairfax County Park Authority Board Member
WHO: The public action is hosted by VOICE member congregations Bethlehem Baptist Church, Good Shepherd Catholic Church, and VOICE of Mt Vernon (made up of members from St Luke’s Episcopal Church, Mt Vernon Unitarian Church and others) – and ally organizations West Potomac High School Wolverine Athletic Booster Club, Mount Vernon High School Athletic Booster Club, Bucknell Elementary School PTA, and Sandburg Middle School staff and students.