Bill Cosby to kick off education summit in Jacksonville

Summit to be held Feb. 28-March 1

Published On: Oct 22 2012 02:59:14 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 22 2012 03:01:30 PM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Mayor Alvin Brown announced Monday a two-day education summit to be held Feb. 28 and March 1. Actor Bill Cosby will help kick off the summit.

The summit will gather leaders in Jacksonville in an effort to chart the way to significantly enhance the quality of education for all students. The group will work to answer the question, "What can we do to take education to the next level in Jacksonville?"

On Feb. 28, Cosby will visit with students, teachers, administrators and key education advocates throughout the city and give a public performance that evening. Details regarding his itinerary will be finalized over the next several months. Events on March 1 will include collaborative workshops with education leaders, community partners, parents and students to discuss a variety of education-related topics.

"We've built up tremendous momentum and have made education a top priority in this city," Brown said in a news release. "I am looking forward to an all-inclusive event, with all stakeholders at the table to help decide on a path that will create a brighter future for our kids and grandkids."

Cosby will help raise both awareness and money for education in Jacksonville. Brown announced a goal of raising $2 million to help fund education initiatives.

"I am looking forward to participating in Mayor Alvin Brown's education summit on Feb. 28, 2013," Bill Cosby said in the release. "This will be an opportunity for our children, parents, educators and community leaders to focus on the importance of education in Jacksonville. I have seen this many, many times before. When everyone in a city pulls together, we get great results."