CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville School Board candidate Lashundra Bryson Morsberger is getting to know community members she hopes to serve a little better. On Tuesday night, she held a meet and greet at Champion Brewery.

She says she is running for a seat on the school board to be an advocate for children of color in hopes of reversing systemic racism and economic inequality.

Morsberger believes focusing on basic skills like reading comprehension will make a big difference. “We’re always talking about the achievement gap and last year’s SOL's 52% of African American students are not proficient at grade level and so that’s something that I’d like to focus on because reading is the foundation.”

Morsberger will be holding several more meet and greet events throughout September and October. The next is scheduled for Sunday, September 29 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Washington Park.