Category Archives: Education

Project Rise Offer Special Summer Programming and Arts Reception

Over the summer, Project Rise implemented a special Arts Program that was held at Helen Arnold CLC in Akron. Over the course of the program, close to 20 students had the opportunity to be part of the arts programming which was broken down into 6 sessions. This was particularly beneficial to these students who were either formerly homeless or currently experiencing homelessness. 

Project Rise is a federally funded program through the Ohio Department of Education. This program is a collaborative effort between Akron Public Schools, local shelters and the Akron community to provide supplemental educational services to children and youth experiencing homelessness. The primary goal of Project Rise is to remove barriers to the education of homeless youth, which the organization has continued to do during the COVID-19 disruption to school.

The Art Program was taught by the Art Teacher from Helen Arnold, Ms. Anne Lackney and coordinated by the Project Rise Special Programs Department. Ms. Lackney planned and implemented the creative and inspiring lessons and made special connections with the students. Charlotte Buzzelli, long-time Project Rise Staff Member and Akron Woman’s City Club member, also assisted with each art session and at the Reception. 

At the end of the summer, Project Rise hosted a special Art Program Reception at the beautiful Akron Woman’s City Club. The students artwork was displayed for community visitors and the families in attendance were able to enjoy refreshments, activities and giveaways. 

At the reception, librarians from the Akron Summit County Main Library provided a wonderful assortment of craft activities and the program participants were recognized with special certificates. 

This special program was made possible thanks to the continued support of the Akron Community Foundation. The ACF has generously funded Project Rise Arts Programming for many years. Because of their generosity, many students and families have had the opportunity to experience a variety of arts experiences they would not have the opportunity to do otherwise. 

In general, Project Rise identifies and serves around 2,000 students per year. For more information on Project Rise and how you can help, please contact Rachel Breece at 330-761-2969 or rbreece@apslearns.org

38th Annual National Night Out Against Crime, Akron Ohio

On Tuesday, August 3, 2021, Mayor Dan Horrigan and the City of Akron will host the 38th annual National Night Out, a unique event celebrating the importance of neighborhood engagement in Akron. Last year’s event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Night Out (NNO) is an annual community-building campaign, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, that promotes police-community relations and neighborhood unity.  The goal of National Night Out is to strengthen participation in local programs that prevent and deter crime, in an effort to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

“National Night Out provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances,” said Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan. “Increasing trust between our residents and our officers has become as important as ever in a year where Akron, like many other cities across the nation, has seen an uptick in violence.  It’s no secret that we face significant challenges related to violent crime and strained community trust, and events like this can help increase transparency and allow for a dialogue between residents and officers.”

The NNO program has deep roots in Akron, where the first NNO event took place in 1984 in East Akron. This year’s program will be scaled down from previous years, featuring events at 5 sites throughout the City. Planning normally begins months in advance for the NNO program but was delayed this year to assure the health and safety of participants. All events will be hosted primarily outdoors.

The sites that will be hosting these events are:

Joy Park Community Center
Organized by: Mike Dowdell
Time: 4 to 8 p.m.
Contact: 330-375-2805 or MDowdell@akronohio.gov

Firestone Park Community Center
Organized by Councilman Donnie Kammer
Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Contact: ward7@akronohio.gov

Ed Davis Community Center:
Organized by: Robert Dowdell
Time: 5 to 8 p.m.
Contact: 330-375-2832 or RDowdell@akronohio.gov

Goodyear Heights:
Organized by: R.I.G.H.T. Committee
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: 330-784-4012 or SharonConnor

Summit Lake Community Center:
Organized by: Todd Clarke
Time: 4 to 7 p.m.
Contact number: 330-375-2826 or TClark@akronohio.gov 

The National Night Out campaign involves citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic/religious groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations, and local officials. In all, more than 38 million people are expected to participate in NNO in more than 16,000 communities across all 50 states and beyond.  

APS: Akron Public Schools Announces Partnership With Goodyear

Students at Ellet CLC and NIHF STEM High School to benefit from experiential learning in and out of the classroom

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 

Today, Akron Public Schools (APS), The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, and United Way of Summit & Medina are pleased to announce that Goodyear will become a named integrated partner in the College & Career Academies of Akron at both Ellet CLC and NIHF STEM High School. Goodyear will offer instructional support and real-world learning opportunities in areas of technology, engineering and more. The academies will be named Goodyear Academy of Applied Engineering and Goodyear Academy of Advanced Technology and Design, at Ellet CLC and NIHF STEM High School, respectively.


“Goodyear is a pillar in the City of Akron and a longtime supporter of Akron Public Schools,” said Superintendent David W. James, Ed.D. “The strength of this partnership will demonstrate to students the professional and academic skills needed to be successful in life and the collaborative spirit and sense of community to be successful in Akron.”

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Akron Urban League Welcomes Dr. Jennifer Ross

Dr. Jennifer Ross has been appointed as the Director of Diversity & Strategic Initiatives for the Akron Urban League

Dr. Ross brings more than 20 years of experience in higher education, race theory and policy studies to the newly created position.

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Project Rise Finds Innovative Ways to Serve Families Experiencing Homelessness During COVID-19 Crisis

During this unprecedented time of uncertainty and educational disruption, Project Rise and Akron Public Schools are working hard to ensure families experiencing homelessness do not fall through the cracks.

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