Education advocate and Communities in Schools founder Bill Milliken is coming to York County at the end of the month.

Milliken will speak at a free event on Aug. 29 at the Strand Theatre at the Appell Center as part of United Way’s kickoff campaign to get community members by through donating to and volunteering with charities.

He will discuss the impact communities have in a child’s education, according to a news release.

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Milliken has championed anti-dropout policies for more than five decades. He started in the New York City projects, eventually advocating for an individualized approach to education that became the operating model for the national anti-dropout advocacy group Communities in Schools.

The organization operates in 25 states and has connected nearly 1.5 million students and families with essential educational resources, according to its website.

“The whole focus (of the event) will be on education,” said Nicole Shaffer, a spokeswoman for United Way of York and Adams Counties.

“He has a wealth of experience on the power of community involvement,” she said of Milliken. “He has seen (what can be accomplished) when a community rallies and gives students the services they need to succeed.”

Following the speech, Milliken will be joined by Central York school board President Eric Wolfgang, York City School District Superintendent Eric Holmes and Department of Education Deputy Secretary David Volkman for a panel discussion on education and community involvement, according to Shaffer.

Milliken is expected to tour a school in the York City School District, where Communities in Schools has a presence, as well as meet with local district superintendents at a luncheon earlier in the day.

To reserve your seat for the free event, visit

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