Mayor Salutes Efforts of One Church, One School Movement

One-Church-One-School-Proclamation-presentationEarlier today, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson hosted a press conference at City Hall to salute the efforts of the One Church, One School (OCOS) organization. OCOS is a national organization that brings together churches and schools in partnerships that teach children to value life and to value learning.

“It is my honor to welcome representatives from both the faith and school communities as we come together in support of our children,” said Freeman-Wilson. “One Church, One School is one organization that set out with a mission and has never departed from it.”

Several representatives from the Gary Chapter attended the press conference to receive the proclamation presented by Freeman-Wilson. The speakers included Dr. Phedonia Johnson, Executive Director of One Church, One School, Dr. Cheryl Pruitt, Superintendent of Gary Schools, Rev. Jerry Protho, President of OCOS Gary Chapter, and Rev. Carrell Cargle, Sr. Gary Schools Coordinator and National Vice-President of OCOS.

Each of the leaders from the church and school communities shared their excitement about the upcoming 18th Annual One Church, One School Conference which will be held Oct. 16-17 at Chicago State University and the Oak Lawn Hilton Hotel. Gary Schools Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Pruitt will be presented with the “Educator of the Year” Award during the conference.

Freeman-Wilson proclaimed October 16 “One Church, One School Day” in the city of Gary (see proclamation below). For more information about the OCOS conference, visit