Our 213th Annual Convention featured The Rev. Ben Campbell of All Our Children who told us about the almost 38 million school-age children living in poverty today who attend public schools without the resources to close that opportunity gap. This February, All Our Children comes to NH for a regional dialogue with Province I, where Bishop Hirschfeld will be presenting.
All Our Children believed children of poverty are not growing into the fullness God intended for them. Dropout and unemployment rates in some areas approach epidemic proportions, at great personal, social, and economic cost.
Across the country, Episcopalians are forming grassroots partnerships with under-resourced schools to meet student needs, build community coalitions of support, and advocate for systemic change. The All Our Children National Network and the Episopal Church in New England (the Dioceses of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Western Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut) are co-sponsoring a regional forum for all who serve -- or wish to serve -- children by strengthening public education in their communities. The forum aims to help congregations begin or advance their journeys into partnership; form a community of support; and find local expert resources, tools, and materials.
We hope you will join us at Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield, NH, February 19-20. For more information about The All Our Children National Network, see their website here or contact Lallie Lloyd, email@example.com. For more information about The Episcopal Province of New England (Province I), see their website here.