Schmoke urges people to turn out for 'summit' Baltimore in running for safe-streets grant

September 10, 1997|By Ernest F. Imhoff | Ernest F. Imhoff,SUN STAFF

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke urged Baltimoreans yesterday to attend a "summit" Saturday to support the city's campaign to win a $4 million to $6 million grant to make streets and homes safer and healthier for children.

Several thousand residents are expected to vote on 12 goals to help children. The goals were developed from hundreds of opinions gathered in the past 18 months in the Safe and Sound campaign guided by the Baltimore Community Foundation and Associated Black Charities.

The goals will be given priorities and become the core of Baltimore's "action plan" in the eight-city competition sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation of Princeton, N.J.

Five of the eight cities will each win the $4 million to $6 million grants in December. The eight each received $400,000 from the foundation to develop their plans. If Baltimore loses, planners here hope to continue programs developed in the Safe and Sound campaign.

The free summit is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Baltimore Arena. Participants will be challenged to sign up to volunteer later in a project. Summit co-chairmen are Annette March-Grier and Jan Houbolt.

The co-chairmen of the Safe and Sound drive are Dr. Peter Beilenson, city health commissioner, and Katrina Scott, a City College student.

The 12 goals include a citywide network of programs to strengthen families, increasing child-care opportunities for children of working parents, ensuring all third-graders can read, reducing school absentee rates, increasing graduation rates, ending juvenile homicides, reducing teen-age pregnancy and providing drug treatment on demand.

Pub Date: 9/10/97

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