YOU Put Our “Mission in Motion!”
Shaker Schools Foundation’s mission is simple and singular: To provide essential resources to enrich the educational experiences of students of the Shaker Heights City Schools.
Last year, through the help of generous donations from individuals like you, plus gifts from corporations and grants from other foundations, SSF was able to put our Mission in Motion by providing resources for more than 160 projects that enrich learning for all Shaker students. Here are just a few:
- “My Mad Feelings” – a social/emotional learning program for Shaker Pre-K students
- Robotics Inquiry Program for Onaway students
- Sensory Motor Path to help develop fine and large motor skills, visual and brain training for Boulevard students
- Yoga instruction to enhance mindfulness and well-being for Fernway students
- El Sistema violin instruction and Unity Through Ukulele music programs at Lomond
- Visiting artists and authors, such as Kathryn Otoshi at Mercer
- COSI on Wheels, providing fun and interactive STEAM learning at Onaway
- Spirit wear for Woodbury Cheer Squad students
- Apple iPad for use in science classes at the Middle School
- Latin Novellas for High School students
- Enhancements to the Zen Room to reduce anxiety and stress among High School students
- Travel assistance for SGORR to attend a conference in Washington, DC
- Therapeutic riding program at Fieldstone Farms for Mercer and High School special needs students
- After Prom support to provide a safe venue for High School students
Your support of this year’s “Mission in Motion” annual giving appeal will help SSF continue to bring extraordinary resources to our students – in this new school year and beyond. Please donate online, call us at 216-295-4329, or mail your support to Shaker Schools Foundation. We are grateful for your continued support of our students and teachers!
Serving Up Coffee With a side of Life Skills
The Shaker Schools Foundation partners with the Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum to support entrepreneurial ventures for our students. One example of that grant funding at work is a popular student-operated coffee cart at Shaker Heights High School.
Two days per week, the students in the multiple disability units at Shaker Heights High School team up with peers who are enrolled in the financial literacy class to sell coffee to staff members throughout the building.
Intervention Specialist Kim Roberts helped launch the entrepreneurial venture at the beginning of the 2018 -19 school year as a way to bolster the skills her students will need when they leave the High School. Those include math skills, like counting, sorting and taking inventory, along with social skills like communicating with customers.
“The goal is for them to use these skills in a real-world setting someday,” says Roberts.
At the beginning of the year, the students surveyed staff members about their coffee preferences and hosted a taste-testing in their room. The general education students helped design a logo, organize the room and helped to develop an online order form for the staff to use.
On coffee cart days, Roberts’ students know to check their assignments and grab their aprons as they get ready to deliver coffee, tea, danishes and muffins to their customers. They rotate jobs as greeter, server, barista, cashier, accountant, stocker, custodian and manager. The Veale grant funding helped them to upgrade their coffee maker and covers the cost of the coffee, aprons and other supplies.
“The one thing they love more than anything is delivering and interacting with the teachers and staff,” she says. The students who are nonverbal can communicate using augmented communication devices. The students were also proud to donate their proceeds this year to after-school clubs at the high school.
Due to its popularity, the coffee cart business will expand to five days per week next year and will unveil a new branding scheme developed by the financial literacy students: Raider Roasts.
Proceeds from the coffee cart will be used to support field trips for special education students.
Funds from the Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum have also helped students to create or expand their own photography and videography businesses, start a lawn care business and work with a new embroidery machine at the high school.