In its 95th year of service the Akron Urban League officially kicked off the Justice & Equality Giving Society, a campaign to provide opportunities to join together as a community to support economic empowerment, equality and social justice. “Our city, indeed our country, is at a turning point to eliminate racism and achieve equity, we’re asking you to demonstrate your commitment to the Akron Urban League and those it serves,” states Alan Rothenbuecher, Board Chair of the Akron Urban League.
Biking and walking would be made bigger priorities under a plan approved this month by a regional Ohio transportation agency. The new 2019 Active Transportation Plan (ATP) prepared by Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation (AMATS) presents the various strategies and recommendations that the Greater Akron area will pursue to improve the region’s bicycling and pedestrian networks over the next 26 years.
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Tagged Active Transportation Plan (ATP), Akron, Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation AMATS, bicycling, Biking, Headwaters Trail, healthy travel, Ohio & Erie Towpath, pedestrian, Portage Bike and Hike Trail, Portage County, recreational, Safety, Summit County, Summit Metro Parks Bike and Hike Trail, Walking
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.
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
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Tagged Akron, Akron Public Schools, CLASS, Class Act Scholars, Education, School, Students, Summit Education Initiative, Teachers