The creator of Smart Citizens Rally Against Marlow, or SCRAM!, Christine Rea, said she wanted the rally to be a positive event.
SCRAM! formed after concerns arose about a complaint Marlow filed with the accrediting agency, SACS, in June, and a petition was created to urge Marlow to rescind her letter.
“We are going to try and incorporate a couple of folks speaking and mostly meeting and greeting like-minded individuals,” Rea said. “We want people to know that the event is something that’s going to be positive, we want to show support for our schools and students.”
Rea said as of Wednesday that parents, students and teachers are among those preparing to speak at the rally. As of press time, SCRAM! had amassed almost 1,500 members, and the online petition asking Marlow to rescind her SACS letter had more than 900 signatures.
Rea said that more than 160 people requested SCRAM! T-shirts to pick up at the rally, and said there would be about 30 extras available for purchase at the event for $10 each, and more than 100 requests for SCRAM! magnets were made on the group’s page as of Wednesday.
“We are trying at the moment to line up speakers; we will be passing out SCRAM! T-shirts that folks have ordered and we will be offering some light refreshments,” Rea said.
Rea said the event will be kid-friendly and there is a park near the pavilion where the rally will take place.
“For as many members as there are in the (SCRAM!) group, everyone has been so well-behaved,” Rea added about the online group discussion.
Rea said she is working on getting a statement from EmpowerED Cherokee, a nonprofit education advocacy organization for the rally.
Rea said she contacted BridgeMill staff about using the pavilion for the SCRAM! rally last Monday or Tuesday and announced the location after she got confirmation to use the pavilion. The BridgeMill park pavilion is adjacent to the pool at 1200 Bridge Mill Ave. in Canton.
Last Thursday, Marlow’s political consultant Robert Trim said that Marlow has planned another town hall meeting specifically for teachers, also at 6:30 p.m. Monday, at the Holly Springs Train Depot Community Center.