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Shreveport-area clergy to gather for summit on children

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A Shreveport-based nonprofit that works to improve educational outcomes in a four-parish area will host a summit for faith leaders Tuesday to recognize the challenges faced by children growing up in north Louisiana.

The  summit, being put on by Step Forward,  is reaching out to local faith leaders to develop plans to help improve the status of children and families.

According to a Step Forward news release, 51 percent of kindergartners in this region begin school without the basic knowledge and skills they need.

The summit will be hosted by Pastor Theron Jackson of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Shreveport. The event will be held Tuesday, April 26 at 10:30 a.m. at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, 5340 Jewella Avenue in Shreveport.