Buchtel High School Students present mats at the Haven of Rest
During this past school year, a talented group of students made sleeping mats out of plastic bags as a part of a service project. The students were part of Teddy Nantambi Mwonyonyi’s Family & Consumer Sciences class at Buchtel High School. The class consisted of 7th and 8th grade students.
The mats that the students made were donated to the Haven of Rest in Akron. Staff from Project Rise and the class of young students attended a tour of the Haven of Rest after presenting their donation of mats. Project Rise is a collaborative effort by Akron Public Schools, local shelters, and the Akron community to provide supplemental educational services to children and youth experiencing homelessness.
Posted in Charity, Education, Homelessness, Youth
Tagged Akron Public Schools, Buchtel High School, Children, Community, Donations, Family & Consumer Sciences class, Harvest Home, Haven of Rest, Homelessness, Local shelters, Michael Solosky, Plarn Mats, Project RISE, Teddy Nantambi Mwonyonyi’s, Youth
Story Courtesy of Cleveland.com
This Sunday, families in two area neighborhoods will awaken to the rumbling of 14 semi-trucks as they roll in loaded down with brand-spanking-new bikes.
Posted in Charity, Community, Neighborhoods, Poverty, Youth
Tagged Akron, bicycling community, Children, Christmas present, Elves & More, Huffy bike, Kids, Neighborhoods, new bikes, Northeast Ohio, Stark and Cuyahoga countie, Summit County, Volunteers
Helping Men Become Better Fathers
The joint mission of the Summit County Fatherhood Initiative (SCFI) and the National Fatherhood Initiative is to improve the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers.
The research shows …
Infants of highly involved fathers are more cognitively competent at 6 months and score higher on the Bayley Scales of Infant Development.
School-aged children of involved fathers are also better academic achievers. They are more likely to get A’s, have better quantitative and verbal skills.
Children of involved fathers are more likely to enjoy school, have better attitudes toward school, participate in extracurricular activities, and graduate They are also less likely to fail a grade, have poor attendance, or have behavior problems at school.
Posted in Community, Education, Youth
Tagged Children, Community, Education, Family, Fatherhood, Fathers and sons, men, Public Children Services Association of Ohio’s, Summit County Fatherhood Initiative, United Way
Story by Lyndsey Schley
Volunteer Marissa Dove drove up to the North Hill house on a rainy morning. She volunteers with World Relief Akron, a local refugee agency, and had stopped to pick up a Bhutanese-Nepali family that had just arrived in the United States a few days prior.
The father, mother and two young boys were running late, like so many families with young kids. The youngest was crying. He had gotten sick overnight. They climbed into the SUV and Dove helped get him into the car seat. His mother rubbed his legs to comfort him as they drove downtown.
Posted in Community, Housing, Neighborhoods, Youth
Tagged 90-day Resettlement Process, Akron, Bhutanese, Children, Churches, Community, Culture, Evangelical, Family, Good Neighbor, International, International Organization for Migration, Kara Ulmer, nepali, North Hill, refugee, United Nations, Volunteers, World Relief Akron