A unique part of Harrisburg School District Chief Recovery Officer Gene Veno's plan came to fruition Wednesday night. An effort to shift the mindset within the district and up parental involvement brought two speakers to the John Harris High School Auditorium.
Martin Luther King III, a human rights advocate and the eldest son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as well as actor Cylk Cozart, who starred in films like 'Conspiracy Theory,' took to the podium.
A crowd of several hundred gathered to hear the two speak. One of the topics each discussed was the importance of parental involvement in the education process. The issue was also discussed at a news conference earlier in the evening.
“(It's) one of the significant steps that has the potential of starting a process of transforming a school system so it can operate at its optimum level,” King said.
Tickets were free. Nearly 1000 were issued. There was also no cost to the taxpayer, either.
The Harrisburg Recovery Advisory Committee put on the event. Veno hopes the district hosts more speakers in the future.