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Supporting public education

Update: Click here to see photos and images from our Jan. 28 #Red4Ed rallies.

Petersburg City Public Schools is partnering with the Petersburg Education Association to support #Red4Ed on Monday, Jan. 28. The #Red4Ed movement seeks more funding for public schools to provide a quality education for all students.

“We want to support our teachers in the #Red4Ed movement while making sure that student learning is not disrupted,” said Dr. Marcus Newsome, superintendent of Petersburg City Public Schools. “School-based rallies will allow all of our teachers to advocate for public education while continuing to keep our students on task. We want our students to become empowered civic leaders; learning how to advocate for change is part of our strategic plan.”

At every Petersburg school on Jan. 28, teachers, employees and students will rally in support of public education. Teachers and administrators are encouraged to wear red, and each school will choose what to do at its rally: signs, cheers, songs, brief remarks, etc.:

  • Cool Spring Elementary (1450 Talley Ave.) at 2 p.m. starting inside and marching around the school
  • Lakemont Elementary (51 Gibbons Ave.) at 10:45 a.m. outside the school
  • Pleasants Lane Elementary (100 Pleasants Lane) at 1:30 p.m. in the gym
  • Walnut Hill Elementary (300 W. South Blvd.) at 2 p.m. at the flagpole (or inside if the weather is cold)
  • Westview Early Childhood Education Center (1100 Patterson St.) at noon at the flagpole
  • Petersburg High (3101 Johnson Road) during all four lunch periods: 10:59-11:19 a.m., 11:28-11:48 a.m., 11:57 a.m.-12:17 p.m. and 12:26-12:46 p.m.
  • Blandford Academy (816 E. Bank St.) at 11 a.m. in front of the school
  • Vernon Johns Middle (3101 Homestead Drive) time to be announced

Also, one teacher from each Petersburg school will participate in a #Red4Ed rally at the General Assembly that is planned for noon Jan. 28 and is expected to include teachers from across the state.

Click here to see a flier sent to elementary and prekindergarten families.