They came, they saw and they ate. Parents, families and community members were out in big numbers to enjoy themselves and become politically educated at Pancake Day at Buchtel High School CLRC (Community Learning Resource Center) on Saturday. The event was open to the public as many community organizations and several political candidates came out to engage the citizens.
Among the VIP’s were Vernon Sykes, (D) House of Representatives 44th district since 2007, Senator Tom Sawyer (D) who represents the 28th Senate District, judge Elinore Marsh Stormer, mayor Don Plusquellic, and City Council President Marco Sommerville. Several issues on this year’s ballot were discussed such as Summit County Issue no. 73 is a 2.25 million renewal of a levy that cost homeowners of $100K or more about $69 a year, and is not a new tax. The tax provides 60 percent of Summit County Children’s Services operating funds. Akron Municipal ballot issue 3 brings a six year old proposal that was rejected by voters, increasing the terms of ward council members from two to four years.
Of all the issues floating around the room, none were more important than the issue of what was on the menu. The golden brown, fluffy butter-drenched pancakes were the true conversation piece of the morning. Prepared freshly by a group of student volunteers, the crew kept the cakes coming while also providing syrup, milk and juice to hungry participants who eagerly returned to the line. Students and community leaders also manned the school’s brand new gymnasium with tables filled with information on how citizens could get involved in the community. Among the groups was Project Ujima, an organization formed to help bring the collaborative effort back to the community.
As a final treat to the crowd, the Buchtel High School Marching band performed while the crowd shook to the melodic tunes. If you missed this year’s event, then you certainly don’t want to miss next year.