''Knowledge Is Power' Hopes To Help Shape Omaha's Future
CREATED Sep. 14, 2013
Omaha, NE - It's a positive message: Action, celebration, mobilization.
"We are one community, one people, and we need to stick together," said Yolanda Williams, an OPS board member and education chair for Omaha NAACP.
Saturday started at North High School with breakfast and informational meetings on everything education focused. Discussions ranged from the affordable healthcare law to college scholarships.
"We're making some strides, and we've got achievement data that shows it, graduation data that shows it," said OPS Superintendent Mark Evans. "It's helping everyone recognize we're heading the right way, but we need to accelerate it. We need to focus a line, and take the good news better and higher."
On Saturday afternoon, the second annual 'Knowledge is Power' block party kicked off.
"We really felt it was important for us to come together as a community and support education," said Williams. "How we move our city forward in education is by sticking together and making a statement."
Organizers said the point of Saturday's event was not only to focus on the future of education, but also how to incorporate that into building a better future for Omaha.
"Well, obviously we know we're not going to get it done by ourselves with 51,000 young people," said Evans. "We all need to get engaged, our whole community. Not just the school staff, not just the district staff, we've got to engage everyone."
The networking, the opportunities and the people -- it was all in an effort to continue moving Omaha toward a more positive future.
"Not north Omaha, south Omaha, west Omaha, Westside, Bellevue, we are one city and that's really the message for me," said Williams.