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.
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!
Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on June 14.
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Summit County residents welcomed the holiday season with “An Evening of Christmas Inspiration” holiday concert, which resulted in a donation of over 100 new toys for the Summit County Children Services (SCCS) Toy Room.
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
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Tagged Akron and Summit County, Akron Public Schools, Box of Food, Children, Christmas Dinner, Christmas for the Love of Children, Families, Norwayne High School, OPEN M, Pajama Ladies, partner churches and businesses collected over 200 items each, Volunteers
This November, Project Rise and Kenmore-Garfield High School hosted the 11th Annual Project Rise Harvest Dinner for the students and families experiencing homelessness. The Harvest Dinner gives these families and youth the opportunity to celebrate this festive time of year with food, fun and friendship. The evening included arts and literacy activities, parent-child activities, Thanksgiving dinner, giveaways, and entertainment. Altogether, around 125 attendees enjoyed the special evening!
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