YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A group of local pastors is planning a “March 4 Hope” event this Sunday — the day before school starts for Youngstown.
The march will start from Price Memorial AME Church at 1:45 PM and will head to East High School for a rally at 3:30 in the gym.
Organizers say it’s not a protest but meant more for encouragement prior to the start of the school year. The group adds that it’s not taking a side in the Youngstown Plan debate.
“In the midst of all of this conversation, there are children that are being affected, so we simply want to come and get engaged with the kids and do what we can in supporting their best interest,” said Gary Frost, Mission America Coalition prayer coordinator.
Akron St. Vincent St. Mary basketball coach James “Dru” Joyce, who coached LeBron James, will be the featured speaker at the event.
Youngstown City Schools CEO Krish Mohip and Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel also plan to be there.
Friday, Mohip will also be joined by staff and community leaders for a Welcome Back-to-School Canvass of Our Neighborhoods. From 2 to 8 p.m., groups will be out talking to parents, guardians and students about the start of the school year, in an effort to earn 98 percent attendance. Refreshments will be provided at the high school.