Category Archives: Community

Project Rise Hosts Dinner Theatre

Families Experiencing Homelessness (Project Rise) in Collaboration with First United Methodist Church and the Magical Theatre Company

On April 17th, 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.

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Carson Barnes “make Akron – particularly Summit Lake – a better place.”

Carson Barnes

Story by Scott Myers

Last week I met with Michael Starks and a good friend of his, late morning at Angel Falls. We met to talk about the Board for Michael’s organization SLAAP (Start Living and Acting Positive), which I describe as a non-residential re-entry program.

Since it was a very nice day we sat outside.

While we were talking I heard someone playing the saxophone just up the street.  I was so focused on our conversation about what SLAAP does and how its Board could function that I couldn’t pay much attention to the music.

Our conversation ended when Michael’s friend needed to leave for another engagement. As Michael and I sat enjoying the sunshine, the saxophone player also took a break and wandered over to our table.  No surprise, he and Michael are long-time friends.  Michael introduced me to Carson.  When the topic of our earlier conversation came up Carson said he knows and loves what Michael does, and that he would love to play at a fundraiser for SLAAP.

Later when I left, I passed Carson playing on the bench in front of the apartments.  As we talked he told me about all of the community improvement initiatives he has worked on all across town and how many new ideas he has to make Akron – particularly Summit Lake – a better place.  I asked if I could take his picture.  He said, “Sure,” and started to play his horn.  I said no, let’s just keep talking.

Carson Barnes.  Musician.  Community builder.

CLASS Act Scholars of Summit County – SEI

Class Act Scholars of Summit County

 

The CLASS Act Scholars of Summit County is a program that combines the CLassroom Assessment Scoring System® (CLASS®) with free coaching, mentoring and professional development for an exclusive group of 20 early educators working in Summit County preschools. Chosen for their commitment to furthering their own professional development, this selective group of preschool teachers represents a wide range of preschool settings in Summit County.

Apply Now! CLASS Act Scholars Class 3

Summit Education Initiative is happy to announce that our CLASS Act Scholars of Summit County application is now open! We are very excited to begin working with the third class of scholars later this year. If you are a Summit County preschool teacher interested in joining the CLASS Act Scholars of Summit County Class 3 (2019 – 2020), submit your application at the link below!

APPLY HERE

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on June 14.

Additional Information

Click on the links below if you are interested in learning more about the CLASS Act Scholars program or application process:

Find stories about the CLASS Act Scholars at this link.

For more information go to: seisummit.org

 

OPEN M provides Christmas for the Love of Children

On Wednesday, December 19th, OPEN M will once again open its doors for their “Christmas for the Love of Children” program. Each year OPEN M partners with the Akron Public Schools counselors to identify the most in-need families within the district. This year over 580 children in nearly 200 different families were identified through APS, as well as OPEN M’s internal programing. Continue reading

FREE DENTAL DAY FOR COMMUNITY

Dr. Stephanie Aldrich and her team at Akron Dental Concepts will hold their 3rd annual FREE DENTAL DAY at their office for those in need of dental treatment on Friday, August 3, 2018, 8am to 2pm. “Our community does so much for our families that this is an easy way to give back,” said Dr Aldrich.

Health restrictions do apply. Adults only can choose a filling, an extraction, or a cleaning to have done. Donations and volunteers greatly appreciated. Come early- free toothbrushes available. Treatment is done on a first-come, first served basis and the last patient will be seen at 2pm.

For more information on Free Dental Day, and to stay updated as new information is released, please call our Free Dental Day Information Hotline at: 330-666-7440. If you would like to be a part of helping with this event please email us at: docaldrich@gmail.com.