Craft Project Planned and Implemented
by the Project Rise Interns.
On February 26th, the annual Project Rise Parent RISE-ing Soul food dinner was held at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church, serving students and families experiencing homelessness. For the past 8 years, Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church has graciously hosted the event for families served by Project Rise.
Posted in Community, Education, Food, Youth
Tagged African American History, Akron, Akron Public Schools, Algonquin Spinners and Weavers, Carrollton, Community, Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church, North High School, nurturing environment, Ohio, Ohio Department of Education, Parents, Project RISE, Rachel Breece, Soul Food, Students
Scholarships raise awareness for substance abuse and recovery
— The Summit WAPS-FM introduces the Rock and Recovery™ Scholarship Program, a new opportunity for high school seniors in the Akron Public School district focused on raising awareness for substance abuse and recovery issues.
College – and career-bound high school seniors whose lives have been impacted will be invited to share their creative voices this spring as part of the unique application process.
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Tagged Addiction, Akron Ohio, Akron Public Schools, Mental Health Trauma, Recovery Resources, Rock and Recovery, Scholarship Program, Substance abuse, The Summit WAPS-FM
Key Steps to Reading Success program improves children’s reading abilities
Story reprinted courtesy of Summit Education Initiative
Summit Education Initiative (SEI) knows that:
- schools want to engage families;
- families want their children to be successful; and
- books at home make a difference in children’s learning and development
Along with SEI, Shelley Houser, a literacy coach for The University of Akron Center for Literacy, had to determine how to incorporate all three ideals into one program. The goal? Reduce the number of children in need of a Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plan (RIMP) across Summit County.
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Tagged Akron Public Schools, books, Center for Literacy at the University of Akron, Education, Families, Key Steps to Reading Success, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Readiness, Literacy, Reading, Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plan, Summit County, Summit Education Initiative
Story By Lyndsey Schley
The crowd listening to the presentations
The Akron Community Foundation (ACF) hosted a community issues session on how schools and non-profits work together to improve education Wednesday, January 25.
The foundation hosts a similar session each quarter to highlight organizations within their target areas, said Teresa LeGrair, director of Community Investment at the Akron Community Foundation. This quarter the focus is on education.
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Tagged after school programs, Akron, Akron Community Foundation (ACF), Akron non-profit, Akron Public Schools, Carla Sibley, Community, Dawn Glenny, Education, Families, Global Ties Akron, Greenleaf Family Center, Jacqueline Silas-Butler, James Harris, Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio, keep kids engaged, Michael Gaffney, Michelle Wilson, or SPARK, Parents, Project GRAD, Students, Supporting Partners to Assure Ready Kids, Teresa LeGrair
iC.A.R.E. mentor Juwana Owens (left) with mentee, Takiyah Anderson
Story Courtesy of Summit Education Initiative (SEI)
Juwana Owens never experiences a dull moment with her mentee, Takiyah Anderson.
“She refers to herself as ‘the life of the party,’” Owens says with a smile.
When she first joined iC.A.R.E. Mentoring, a program of United Way of Summit County, as an AmeriCorps VISTA in August 2016, Owens didn’t know what to expect during her first lunchtime session with Takiyah and, later, her older sister Takiera, at Roswell Kent Middle School in Akron.
Posted in Charity, Community, Education, Neighborhoods, Youth
Tagged Akron Public Schools, AmeriCorps VISTAs, Education, iC.A.R.E. (Creating Authentic Relational Energy), Jonathan Greer, Mentoring, Students, Summit Education Initiative (SEI), United Way of Summit County, Volunteers