FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Michael Lawrence 407.947.0163 (on-site)
Cassandra Lafser (407) 246-2182
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to
Work-Along with Local Volunteers to
Revitalize the Downtown Orlando Recreation Center
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will join with local businesses - Color Wheel
Paint and Braven Paint - to work-along with 250 local volunteers to
paint and revitalize the Downtown Orlando Recreation Center, home of the
Parramore Kidz Zone program, for the Refresh Orlando event.
“We are very grateful to all the partners involved in the Refresh
Orlando volunteer event and their generosity to the Parramore Kidz
Zone,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “This event will help benefit the
thousands of Orlando’s most at-risk youths enrolled in the PKZ program
as well as further beautify the Parramore neighborhood. Through
partnerships like this one, our community continues to work together to
make our City the best place anywhere to live, work and raise a family.”
The Parramore Kidz Zone (PKZ) was launched by Mayor Dyer to connect
Orlando’s most at-risk youth population to positive opportunities,
including pre-kindergarten education, healthcare, mentoring, employment,
tutoring and constructive activities. PKZ has seen dramatic results in
the City’s highest poverty community, including:
- A nearly 80% decline in juvenile arrests in
Parramore since the program was implemented.
- An increase in FCAT math and reading scores for
elementary, middle and high school students.
- More than 3,000 children have been registered in
PKZ programs, nearly all of the children in Parramore.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
**Mayor Dyer Media Availability: 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.***
Orlando Downtown Recreation Center
649 West Livingston Street
As part of Mayor Dyer’s commitment to providing citizens with the
high quality service they have come to expect, he participates in work-alongs
with various City staff. Mayor Dyer has worked with Code Enforcement
Officers, gone door-to-door with Orlando Police Officers delivering
valuable City information to residents in the Parramore Heritage
Neighborhood, assisted City staff and children of the Nap Ford Community
School in planting a community garden and worked in the customer service
and development review areas of Permitting Services.