Category Archives: Charity

Akron Public Schools Students Create Mats for People Experiencing Homelessnes

Buchtel High School Students present mats at the Haven of Rest

During this past school year, a talented group of students made sleeping mats out of plastic bags as a part of a service project. The students were part of Teddy Nantambi Mwonyonyi’s Family & Consumer Sciences class at Buchtel High School. The class consisted of 7th and 8th grade students.

The mats that the students made were donated to the Haven of Rest in Akron. Staff from Project Rise and the class of young students attended a tour of the Haven of Rest after presenting their donation of mats. Project Rise is a collaborative effort by Akron Public Schools, local shelters, and the Akron community to provide supplemental educational services to children and youth experiencing homelessness.

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Project Rise Hosts Dinner Theatre for Families Experiencing Homelessness

Fun activity booklets were passed out to the families that related to the playFun activity booklets were passed out to the families that related to the play

 

On April 25th, several families experiencing homelessness were able to experience a special Dinner Theatre Event hosted by Project Rise and First United Methodist Church in Akron. This special event was part of the Project Rise PACT (Performing Arts Can Teach) Program.

The PACT program is just one of several special programs under Project Rise. The PACT program is one of the core programs for Project Rise because it meets the educational, social, and cultural needs of the students and families served.

Project Rise is a collaborative effort by Akron Public Schools, local shelters and the Akron community to provide supplemental educational services to youth experiencing homelessness. So far, close to 1,900 students have been identified and served by Project Rise for the 2017-2018 school year.

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How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes

How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes
a Sojourn Theater production
at Cleveland Public Theater

By Scott Myers

 Alejandro Tey in the Regional Premiere.  Photo Brud Giles

 

Field Trip Report

So many cool things happen in Cleveland that we in Akron could tap into to our benefit, but somehow that 40 minute drive up 77 seems overwhelming.  Gina Burk instigated an Akron contingent – Stephenie Leonardi  (aka Leo) with Summit Lake Build Corp, Beth Vild with Big Love, and myself – to visit a performance at Cleveland Public Theater Saturday evening, January 27th.  Here’s what we found:

Cleveland Public Theater (CPT)  is like the older sibling to the Balch Street Theater in Akron.  Both produce and stage theater events that speak to our times and places.

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Elves & More to distribute 1,000 bikes to kids in Akron, Stark and Cuyahoga counties

Story Courtesy of Cleveland.com

This Sunday, families in two area neighborhoods will awaken to the rumbling of 14 semi-trucks as they roll in loaded down with brand-spanking-new bikes.

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More rooms. More families. More hope. And Hard Hat Tours.

Ronald McDonald House of Akron extends their appreciation to all who have accepted their offer to attend a hard hat tour of its expanded facility in Akron, Ohio. Community members are encouraged to continue to schedule tours through the fall months.

Originally opened in 1985, the house has provided a supportive home-away-from home for families receiving medical treatment at Akron Children’s Hospital. The hospital has become the largest pediatric health care provider in Northeast Ohio. In 2016, Ronald McDonald House of Akron served over 12,000 people, but had to turn away more than 4,000 families.

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