Originally published in the Savannah Morning News, 3/5/15:
I read with interest Tom Barton’s lament in his Sunday column about no solutions to community challenges. I would respectfully submit that there is a ground-breaking Savannah solution in place and a community conversation about it.
If one actively listens, there are many entities that give voice to the conversation and are involved in the solution or support it.
One could hear the conversation in the Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs. One could inquire at City Council and staff, the school board, administrative school staff or principals, or amongst County Commissioners as well as the Sheriff and Police Departments. Wesley and Lady Bamford Centers, Greenbriar and Child Care Resource and Referral are part of the conversation. The solution is discussed at Armstrong, SSU, Savannah Tech, Live Oak Libraries, GSU and UGA County Extension. International Paper, Gulfstream, SunTrust, Morgan Stanley, Fox and Weeks, Zaxby’s and the Chamber of Commerce are in on it. Regional Public Health, Memorial Hospital, and the Equipoise Project are involved. Ask Sister Pat. The churches on Skidaway Island support. Savannah Foundation, Oscar Mayer and Anderson Family Foundations are part of the conversation. The Housing Authority of Savannah, YFA, Step-Up, EOA and Head Start can talk about the solution. .
Most of all, one should talk to the parents who attend Early Learning College at Parent University sponsored by Savannah Early Childhood Foundation where they are celebrated as the community’s solution.