Little Maya Burke may not even be one year old yet, but she’s already made a grown-up impact on the lives of many children in the care of Summit County Children Services.
To celebrate their recent adoption of Maya through Summit County Children Services, her parents Amanda and Vanessa Burke decided to have a party for family and friends to meet and celebrate Maya. They called it Maya’s ‘Gotcha Day.’ And instead of toys for Maya, they asked their guests to bring school supplies – which would be donated to Children Services’ annual School Supplies Program which helps hundreds of children in agency care get a solid start to the new school year.
Posted in Charity, Community, Education, Youth
Tagged Adoption, Akron, Children, foster care, Foster Parents, Ohio's Safe Haven Program, School Supplies, Summit County Children Services
By Rachel Breece, Child and Family Development Specialist
Project RISE Staff Members Help Unload Supplies
and Get Information About the Collection Effort.
Project RISE from Akron Public Schools
This fall, the University Of Akron Department Of Student Life held their fourth school supplies collection drive for Project RISE. Project RISE (Realizing Individual Strength through Education) is a federally funded program through Ohio Department of Education. It is a collaborative effort by Akron Public Schools, local shelters and the community to provide supplemental educational services to children and youth who are experiencing homelessness.
The collection effort was coordinated by Alison Doehring, the assistant director of the Department of Student Life. From July to September, the school supplies were collected on campus. The donations came from students, staff and faculty members. All in all, almost 3,000 items were collected for children experiencing homelessness. Continue reading
Posted in Charity, Education, Homelessness, Neighborhoods, Poverty, Youth
Tagged Akron Public Schools, Children, Community, Department Of Student Life, Donations, Faculty, Homelessness, Hunger, Ohio Department of Education, Project RISE, School Supplies, Service, Students, Summit County Ohio, University of Akron