Tag Archives: Ohio

STEM Students Design Solutions to Opioid Abuse

 

Ohio is facing a major opioid overdose crisis. And as many Ohio families fight opioid abuse, the impact cascades into the learning environments in Ohio schools. Last fall, Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria and the Ohio STEM Learning Network challenged Ohio’s students to design solutions to help end the opioid crisis. Throughout this school year, more than 1,200 students accepted the challenge and developed hundreds of ideas to fight opioid abuse.

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“Helping Students Succeed” an APS Family Engagement program

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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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Kairos gives inmates a religious foundation for life on the outside

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Story by Lyndsey Schley

Kairos Prison Ministry is a volunteer group that uses Christian programming to teach inmates life lessons to help them become better members of the community.

Kairos is an international organization that has programs at 25 correctional institutions in the state of Ohio.

Prisoner involvement starts with a three and a half day weekend program and homemade cookies, Volunteer Ken Schley said.

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Highland Square ‘little library’ offers free books with an artistic angle

 photo1The free library in Highland Square is a lending library
housed inside of a commissioned art piece. (Photo: Chris Miller)

 

Story by Thom Callahan courtesy of the Akronist

For those who appreciate art and possess a passion for books, both can be fulfilled in the courtyard adjacent to the Angel Falls Coffee Company, where the sleek, ready-to-read Highland Square Little Free Library opened recently.

“It’s a very communal thing, and I’m hoping that once the neighborhood realizes it’s here, it will become another place to meet in Highland Square,” notes Victoria Ramey.

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Strong Reentry Network Growing in Summit County (Part Four)

By: Katie Sobiech

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So far we’ve discussed the gaps in the system and what doesn’t work in the area of reentry, but the question that arises now is what does work? And how can we encourage these ideas worth spreading?

The Summit County Reentry Network (SCRN) and Oriana House have found a few things to be key in helping ex-offenders turn their lives around. This includes role playing, and taking the Ohio Risk Assessment System (ORAS) test, to determine their level of offense so that they can provide the best plan possible. 

Their goal is to eliminate the faults in the system and work out the kinks that they’ve found throughout the years. This change may be exactly what the reentry world needs in order to reduce recidivism rates, and ultimately change our community.  Continue reading