Residents and community members are being encouraged to attend an event this weekend to discuss community education.

According to a news release from the City of Flint, in an effort to engage the community in a discussion about what constitutes an effective model for community education in the 21st century, the school district and the city are offering residents the opportunity to participate in a facilitated town hall meeting, the results of which will then be used for creation of a system-wide and sustainable community school model for Flint.

During the city's recent master planning process, community education was identified as one of several measures with the potential to improve the academic outcomes of Flint's K-12 student population as well as help stabilize neighborhoods and families. The meeting will use real-time polling to generate a consensus on key topics of discussion and represents a critical step towards implementation of the Economic Development and Education chapter of the Imagine Flint Master Plan.

Flint Mayor Dayne Walling said "thriving community schools with quality community education programs are an important anchor of any city and can provide a platform for future growth. This event offers an exciting and engaging opportunity for area residents to help reignite the spirit of community schools in Flint."

The discussion will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Flint Southwestern Academy located at 1420 W. 12th Street. Food, transportation and on-site childcare will be provided free of charge to all who participate. Those who are interested in attending can RSVP online at - where a copy of the discussion guide can also be found - or by calling (810) 766-7426 ext. 3029.