Ithaca City School District, local leaders holding “Leading with Love” community walk, Sept. 6, 7:30 a.m.

The Ithaca City School District (ICSD), in cooperation with the City of Ithaca, area clergy - led by Calvary Baptist Church and the First Congregational Church - and Cornell University’s Office of Community Relations, is marking the start of the school year with a community walk from Stewart Park to Ithaca High School.
This simple, nonpolitical event - “Ithaca NY: Leading with Love” - is a celebration of education, young people, and the power and potential of unified, loving communities, from every background.
The everyone-welcome walk will begin at the main pavilion at Stewart Park at 7:30 a.m. sharp, and will conclude by 8:15 a.m., after brief remarks by ICSD Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown, City of Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick, and an Ithaca High School student.
Dr. Brown -  the 2017 New York State School Superintendent of the Year - has long espoused the concepts of “Leading with Love” in the ICSD’s daily work, and in its mission to “Engage, Educate, Empower.”
"We will open our school year with conversations and symbolic examples of our loving culture. This is not a political event,” said Brown, a native of Charlottesville, Va., and a guest on WHCU’s All Things Equal after events in that city earlier this month (
"This a chance to show people from near and far what Ithaca and Tompkins County value: Inclusive, empowering, and culturally responsive environments.”
Parking will be available at Stewart Park. There will be no parking at Ithaca High School or Boynton Middle School. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held at Kulp Auditorium.
For more information, contact Gary Stewart in Cornell University’s Office of Community Relations: or 227-5531.