Wilkes-Barre has been going through a significant transformation over the last few decades. When I was in school, there was a News Week article listing Wilkes-Barre, PA as one of the 10 safest small cities in America. A lot has changed since then. Today Wilkes-Barre faces a dwindling population, rising poverty, and significant challenges in educating it children. School consolidation has been a contentious issued for years. With the loss of Meyers High School as an active resource in the community, the school building runs the risk of becoming a catalyst and symbol to the already serious blight affecting South Wilkes-Barre. The NSABA wants make sure that the Meyers High School facility continues to be an education hub for Wilkes-Barre and it’s surrounding communities,
Our plan is to repurpose the Meyers facility to house education and community programs designed to meet the challenges of the Wilkes-Barre community. Working with the city and the school district, we will work to make the Meyers Project successful, and a national model on how to improve the lives of the community, improve the education of its citizens, and fight the spread of poverty.
The first challenge we must face is cost: the cost of acquiring the building and the cost of operating programs planned for Fall 2021. What we need from you is simple. When you sign up for a Meyers Sustaining Member for just $20.00 a month, you provide the foundation we need to complete the acquisition of the facility and help fund our path forward.
The second challenge will be to get as many Meyers alumnus and the Wilkes-Barre residents involved. The Meyers building is too large to be allowed to become inactive. It would attract crime and drugs eventually tearing down the city from its heart. Getting involved benefits every resident of the city, so VOLUNTEER.
Take a moment to become a sustaining member, and then sign up to volunteer. See you at our new Learning Center at the Meyers Building in 2021!
Paul K. Lott, Sr., Founder & President