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Community Involvement Leads to School Growth

AKRON, OH—The following is an update sent to us from Evan Palo, Director at Main Street Preparatory Academy. — Main Street Preparatory Academy recently had the opportunity to partner with the Akron Urban League and the Summer Youth Employment Program. The Akron Urban League’s mission is to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Summit County, particularly African Americans, through economic self-reliance and social empowerment. They, through the Summer Youth Employment Program, offer summer jobs to youths aged 16–24 to give them training and work experience. Participants complete the Work Readiness Program, which provides soft skills training in communication skills and teamwork. Through the program, several youths were placed at Main Street Preparatory Academy to gain work experience during the summer of 2015. …

Middlebury Academy Staff Sort 16,530 lbs of Food for Akron/Canton Regional Food Bank

Staff volunteering at FoodBank

  AKRON, OH—On Friday, August 21st, all 28 staff members from Middlebury Academy volunteered their time at the Akron/Canton Regional Food Bank. Middlebury Academy wanted to get team out of the school building and into the Akron community to help the population of students they serve and remind themselves of the struggles that some go through on a daily basis just to provide food for their families. Upon arriving at the Food Bank the staff split into two teams—a team of 10 to repackage donations for distribution and a team of 18 to sort donations—in order to volunteer their time most effectively. The first team repackaged 3,300 pounds of food, which is the equivalent of 2,775 total meals. The second group sorted more than 20 pallets …

Towpath Trail High School Adds Art into the Cirriculum

2014–2015 Art Class Mural

    AKRON, OH—Towpath Trail High School is bringing art back into the classroom with a hands-on Visual Arts class; a unique offering in a school like Towpath Trail whose priority is to graduate students who might not otherwise have had the opportunity to earn a high school diploma. In its inaugural year—the 2014–2015 school year— the art program was offered only in the afternoons during second session. It quickly became clear that the students had an interest in, and a need for art. This year, for the 2015–2016 school year, Towpath expanded the art program to be offered year-round and during both sessions, opening the class to any student who is interested. The students who take art are given …

School Donates Books to Promote Child Literacy

CLEVELAND, OH—On June 20th, 2015, five Lake Erie International High School (LEIHS) staff members and two LEIHS students attended the the 28th Annual Clifton Arts and Music Festival to donate books and urge the importance of child literacy. The statistics regarding child illiteracy are startling. Minorities and urban youths, like the students that LEIHS serves, already face a statistically significant higher rate of incarceration, and nearly 85% of the juveniles who face trial in the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate, proving a correlation between illiteracy and crime. Two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare. Over 70% of America’s inmates cannot read above a 4th grade level. One in four …

Marshall High School’s Career Readiness Program is in Full Swing

MIDDLETOWN, OH—The Marshall High SchoolCareer Readiness Program is in its final stages of development and is expected to launch September 21, 2015. Marshall High School is partnering with local organizations to provide students with opportunities to earn academic credit by working at a job that will help them develop themselves academically, their technical skills, and/or their interpersonal skills. The internships are designed to supplement classroom learning with practical experience and will be an integral part of our students’ educational experiences at Marshall. Students involved in these work/learn experiences will work closely with the Marshall Internship Vocational Specialist and must complete a specific number of hours of work to earn academic credit. Since the internship will count towards earning their high school diploma, typically it will replace an elective and the …

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