Students in the Rimer CLC NOW Program with teacher,
Ms. Kalil, and the socks they collected for Project RISE.
This fall, groups of students from three different APS schools participated in a sock collection project for Project RISE. This special project, called “Socktober” began in October of 2014 at Sam Salem Elementary School. The Project was started by Megan Kalil and her students in the N.O.W. Program (No Opportunity Wasted). This year, socks were collected at Sam Salem CLC, Rimer CLC and Litchfield Middle School.
Posted in Charity, Community, Education, Homelessness, Youth
Tagged Akron, Akron Public Schools, Children, Community, Education, Family Promise, Homelessness, Megan Kalil, N.O.W. Program (No Opportunity Wasted), Ohio Department of Education, Project RISE, Socktober, Youth
OPEN M Ministry Spreads Christmas Cheer
Story by Aimee Juarez
As you may know, last week was our Christmas for the Love of Children food and gift distribution. In the days following the event, the entire staff here was beaming with Christmas spirit and joy. It seemed to touch each of us equally, but in different ways. For many of OPEN M staffers, the pure bewilderment of the parents and anticipation of each child’s excitement was the most impactful.
Posted in Neighborhoods, Poverty, Youth
Tagged Blessings, Celebration, Children, Community, Compassion, Dignity, Family, Family Development and Community Works Connection programs, Food, For the Love of Children, Gifts, Greatful hearts, Heart Warming, OPEN M, Parents, Summit County
With sadness we mark the passing of Darwin Kelsey, the architect of the Cuyahoga Valley Conservancy. In his honor we are rerunning from our archives the story on the Conservancy based largely on interviewing Darwin.
Story by Katie Sobiech
The policy produced by the Summit County Food Policy Coalition calls for two measurable action items:
1) eliminate food deserts in Summit County,
2) preserve farmland within Summit County.
We reported on efforts to identify and measure food deserts in our story from January 10th, 2014.
We investigated one very successful effort to preserve farm land.
Posted in Community, Education, Food
Tagged agriculture, Community, Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy, Darwin Kelsey, Education, environmental health, Farmland, Food, food deserts, Gardening, Hale Farm and Village, Howe Meadow Farmer’s Markets, Local Farmers, National Park Service, Summit County, Summit County Food Policy Coalition, sustainable food, urbanization
Story Courtesy of Summit Education Initiative
Photo Courtesy of International Institute of Akron
SEI guides 16 for Success kit training for community partner
While the bulk of Summit Education Initiative (SEI)’s work occurs behind-the-scenes, sometimes face-to-face conversation and in-person demonstrations best represent our support for community partners and their work.
In fall 2016, Dr. Matthew Deevers, senior research associate at SEI, joined the International Institute of Akron (IIA)’s education department for a series of 16 for Success kit training sessions with local families. While the dialogue and activity in each session helps teach parents how to use different aspects of the kit, the ultimate goal of the training is to help their children begin kindergarten on track for success.
Posted in Community, Education, Youth
Tagged 16 for Success kit, Akron Public Schools, Battes Elementary School, Children, Community, Dr. Matthew Deevers, early childhood education, Education, Families, International Institute of Akron, Kindergarten, Parents, Summit Education Initiative, Training