“Helping Students Succeed” an APS Family Engagement program



Akron Public Schools and some of its community partners are teaming up to bolster the support by engaging more and more families in their children’s education.  Family participation has been found to be a key a ingredient in student proficiency and excellence. Without family support, many students can and often do struggle.


Greenleaf Family Center has partnered with Akron Public Schools (APS) as its sponsor for the “Helping Students Succeed” fundraising event Friday, October 21, 2016, at St. George Family Center in Akron, Ohio.


The event is open to the public and benefits the APS programs that keep parents engaged with their children’s education.

“Helping Students Succeed” is an interactive evening event. Guests can navigate learning stations demonstrating the proven ingredients of student success, as well as a dinner theater directed by local playwright Tyron Holsten and a silent auction.


TyronHoistenTyron Holsten
The Facts 
Forty years of research by the national Parent Teacher Association shows that students whose families are involved in their education have better attendance, better grades and higher graduation rates.


Families who value and support their children’s education hold them accountable, which is as important as the school’s efforts to provide safe, modern facilities and excellent teaching.


 momanddaughterphoto courtesy of APS


Addressing Akron’s Needs
Akron, like most urban districts, often sees a disconnect between families and their children’s education.


Akron Public Schools is hard at work trying to reverse this trend through its Family Engagement Program. A team of APS liaisons works directly with the families of individual students to identify issues and proposed personalized solutions.


 carlasibleydirectorCarla Sibley


APS Community Relations Director Carla Sibley is directing the outreach program.


“It is essential to the future success of our city that our school families are empowered to guide students through the educational pipeline, from cradle to career,” Sibley said.


“Through this program, APS is helping reinvigorate the connection among students, families and schools in our community for the well being of all – now and in the future.”


Sibley has also launched the Family Academies, in connection with the Family Engagement Program, to help families build healthy home environments for kids’ social, emotional and academic needs. These are planned presentations that illustrate the relationship nutrition, exercise and environment have with classroom learning.


 childrenadolescentprogramsheaderimageGreenleaf’s Teenage Parent Center


What It Will Take 
APS needs a family liaison in each of its 30 elementary schools. Title I funding only covers 30 percent of that cost and contributes nothing to the Family Academies. This has led APS to seek $200,000 in additional funding. A portion of proceeds from the “Helping Students Succeed” program will support Greenleaf’s Teenage Parent Center, which serves APS students.


mrandmrsshechterSteve and Cherie Shechter, photo courtesy of ACF


Event Leadership 
Joining APS and Greenleaf in support of the program are honorary event chairs Steve and Cherie Shechter, an Akron couple with a long history of community service.


Akron Public Schools offers unique programs designed for every student. APS is the fifth largest public school district in Ohio with approximately 20,000 students enrolled in 55 schools. Programs include customized educational opportunities designed to fit each student’s needs, special education, gifted programs, programs in visual and performing arts, Akron Reads tutoring program, and more.


Greenleaf Family Center, partner in this endeavor for family engagement, is a non-profit organization that strengthens families in our community through counseling, education and support.


The learning stations are presented by Greenleaf Family Center, Summit Education Initiative, Summa Health Systems and Minority Behavioral Health. Tickets for “Helping Students Succeed” are $60. Sponsor opportunities, auction donations and reservations are available through Carla Sibley at 330.761.3297 or by visiting akronschools.com/group/programs/Family+Engagement.


Individuals or organizations interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Carla Sibley, community relations, APS, at 330-761-3297 or email: cchapman@apslearns.org

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