Category Archives: Community

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

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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East Akron Neighborhood Development Corp. StormWaterColors project selected as national finalist for placemaking funding


East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation’s (EANDC) StormWaterColors project proposal is one of 70 finalists for ArtPlace America’s 2017 National Creative Placemaking Fund (NCPF).

ArtPlace selected these 70 proposals from 987 applications, making EANDC’s project one of just 7 percent of the projects across the country to make this cut.

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Early Educators Help Increase High-Quality Teacher/Child Interactions


Story reprinted courtesy of Summit Education Initiative


Elevate, celebrate and support are three items on the agenda of a new, exclusive group of early educators.

CLASS Act Scholars of Summit County is a new program that combines the Classroom Assessment Scoring System® (CLASS®) with free coaching, mentoring and professional development for a group of 20 educators working in Summit County preschools and child care centers. Generous funding from GAR Foundation, GPD Group Employees’ Foundation and PNC Foundation will support CLASS Act Scholars’ pilot year and beyond.

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