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Newtown Florist Club meeting offers community chance to address school concerns
Jeremy Williams --NEW
Gainesville City School System Superintendent Jeremy Williams

The Newtown Florist Club civil rights nonprofit will host an end-of-school-year meeting on Thursday, May 23, for parents, students and community leaders to engage Gainesville City Schools Superintendent Jeremy Williams.

“Dr. Williams reached out for the meeting, which is an invaluable approach to building and nurturing community relationships,” said Rose Johnson, executive director of the Florist Club. “We don't have a particular agenda. The time is just space created for parents and students to hear from the superintendent and for him to hear their thoughts or concerns.”

The meeting continues a series of community events hosted by the Florist Club this year as part of its theme for 2019: “Stand up! Speak up! Be active! Participate!”

For example, the club arranged the annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday march in January; a forum with the Gainesville Police department about public safety concerns and law enforcement practices following a string of violent crimes along Park Hill Drive; as well as education for volunteers interested in assisting with the upcoming 2020 Census.  

The meeting this week will offer community members the opportunity to share their thoughts about how to improve local schools, increase parent and community involvement, and ensure a quality education for the city’s diverse student population.

Newtown Florist Club community meeting

What: End-of-school-year meeting with Gainesville City Schools Superintendent Jeremy Williams

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, May 23

Where: Antioch Baptist Church, 1010 Mill St. in Gainesville

More info: For more information, call the Florist Club office at 770-718-1343

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