For all of my flaws, one thing that can be said truly of me is that I love the kids in this community.
Over the past two years, I've had the great privilege of sitting around a table on "the new wing" of Robert E. Lee High's first floor with a group of dreamers.
The goal of those meetings? Figuring out how to give ALL of the students in Staunton City Schools the tools they need to flourish both now and in the future. It's been fun, and it's been challenging. The best part is being surrounded by people that share my passion to see young people in this community succeed and flourish.
My favorite part of this diverse group - which is made up of teachers, administrators, counselors, concerned citizens and even recent Lee grads - is that they don't just dream. They take action steps!
The Opportunity Knocks Fair at Booker T. Washington this Saturday is one such action step.
The event, which is for entire families, is set up to show Staunton City School families many of the opportunities available in this community. (Read last year's News Leader article of the event here. )
Here's a quote from the actual flyer of the event.
RE Lee is partnering with local businesses,
in-demand industries, churches, community
colleges, and technical schools to
provide current and future Staunton City
School students and their families with a
variety of information and lots of fun!
Opportunity is Knocking...
The fair provides amazing food catered from several local restaurants that caught a vision for Opportunity Knocks. Transportation can even be provided as well (call 540-332-3926 by Friday at 3 p.m. if you need a ride).
With free food, free transportation, tons of door prizes and give-aways, as well as tools to help families improve their present and their future situations, there's no reason not to come.
WHO: A group of people that love Staunton City School kids a whole lot
WHAT: Opportunity Knocks
WHEN: 1 -4 p.m., Saturday, January 17
WHERE: Booker T. Washington Community Center, 1114 West Johnson Street
WHY: Because we love this community and want to see it flouish
Chris Lassiter is a Christ-follower, a husband to Emily (read her blog here), a father to five kids and a freelance writer for Young Life Relationships, HipHopDX.com, JamTheHype.com and other publications. His first book, You're Grounded, was published by Moody Publications last year. You can order the book here.