Marnita's Table Leads Community Conversations on Public School Safety

Marnita leading discussions

Our grantee-partner Marnita's Table recently led a community dinner and conversation on safety for the Saint Paul Public Schools, which is Minnesota's second largest school district.

The event was the latest in a series of conversations school board members and district officials have embarked on in the weeks since students, parents, and community members raised alarms over concerning behavior and incidents in the district's middle and high schools.

Throughout the evening, Marnita Schroedl, the CEO and Founder of Marnita's Table, directed attendees to forge bonds with as many people as possible.

Her nonprofit commissioned a survey of about 2,000 people after George Floyd's murder to ask what would make them feel safer. The resounding theme of the responses, Schroedl said, was a desire to know neighbors better.

"We are here as members of one community," Schroedl said.

Click here to read the Star Tribune article about the leadership of Marnita's Table in this important conversation.