Akron Public Schools and some of its community partners are teaming up to bolster the support by engaging more and more families in their children’s education. Family participation has been found to be a key a ingredient in student proficiency and excellence. Without family support, many students can and often do struggle.
Greenleaf Family Center has partnered with Akron Public Schools (APS) as its sponsor for the “Helping Students Succeed” fundraising event Friday, October 21, 2016, at St. George Family Center in Akron, Ohio.
The event is open to the public and benefits the APS programs that keep parents engaged with their children’s education.
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(Courtesy of the United Way of Summit County)
United Way donor investments are supporting mini-farmers markets in low-income “food desert” neighborhoods. Here, residents can use their SNAP and EBT benefits (food stamps) to purchase all foods for sale. They can also receive “Carrot Cash,” a dollar-for-dollar match of their food stamps to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. Residents are being trained to expand markets into their own neighborhoods and nutrition education programs will be offered through nearby after school programs.
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Story By Dorothy Markulis
John Hairston is boldly going where no man has gone before – at least, not in the Akron area, or for that matter, Ohio.
In September 2013 the educator founded the Next Frontier Academy featuring agricultural-based curriculum.
As a guidance counselor and high school history teacher, Hairston, 60, saw many students withdrawing from education.
“The students were more focused on their cell phones than learning in the classroom,” Hairston said. Continue reading
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