Ward 1 June Newsletter

Ward 1 News from Minneapolis Council Member Kevin Reich
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June 2017

CONTACT INFORMATION

Kevin Reich
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-673-2201

Email:
kevin.reich@minneapolismn.gov

Neighborhoods

Audubon Park
Columbia Park
Como
Holland
Logan Park
Marshall Terrace
Mid-City Industrial
Northeast Park
Waite Park
Windom Park

City of Lakes

Council Member's Message

Summer is a precious time in Minnesota and I can think of few better ways to kick it off than the celebration of the Northeast Middle School Green Campus that was held at the end of May. This project is the result of a stellar collaboration between Audubon Neighborhood Association (ANA), Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) and Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO), and represents the next generation of sustainably landscaped school campuses inspired by the Edison Green Campus. Community and school leadership, the enthusiasm and engagement of the students, and the far-sighted vision of MWMO to create connections between youth, community and sustainability have all come together to create what will be an amenity and teaching tool for both the school and the community for years to come.

In other Northeast Middle School news, I had the opportunity to meet with NEMS English Learner students in June to talk about the current minimum wage issue. According to AmeriCorps tutor Eric Tasch, these students spent the past year learning writing skills as applied to issues highly relatable to their lives by summarizing news articles, writing reports and conducting interviews. I felt privileged to hear their perspectives on the minimum wage debate and witness their developing critical thinking skills in action and I was pleased to be able to participate in broadening their understanding of the role of municipal government.

This summer also marks the kick-off of a Minneapolis Health Department Healthy Living Initiative: Community-Driven Solutions for Healthy Foods Access in Northeast Minneapolis. This project focuses on the neighborhoods of Holland, Logan Park, Bottineau, Sheridan and St. Anthony East, communities that were identified through initial conversations with community stakeholders and data indicators such as income levels and rates of diet-related chronic diseases. It's objective is to identify strategies to support healthy food access in Northeast and plan implementation of those strategies beginning this fall.

The Health Department and advisory group members will be carrying out resident engagement activities throughout the summer, with a special focus on connecting with specific racial and ethnic groups, youth, older adults, renters and low-income residents. Keep an eye on my upcoming newsletters and announcements for information about summer events related to this initiative and ways to get involved. 

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