Educational Equity Update: The Work Continues
Since launching the Educational Equity Fund at A Night for the Red & White this past March, the Shaker Schools Foundation has worked closely with the District to support initiatives that impact every student in the Shaker schools. Just a few examples:
- Twelve Shaker Heights Middle School students worked with KSU’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, through their “Making Our Own Spaces” (MOOS) program, to design and build bookcases for Boulevard and Lomond that will house diversity, equity and inclusion books funded by the Shaker Schools Foundation’s Mirrors and Windows literacy grant.
- SSF launched Opportunity Scholarships to further equitable access to educational activities outside of the offerings of the school district. Beyond the Desk Enrichment Scholarships support students seeking to participate in classes, camps, visual or performing arts groups, and more. Level the Playing Field Youth Sports Scholarships remove barriers to promote greater diversity and inclusion in youth sports for Shaker students.
- The Foundation also provides opportunity assistance for Woodbury 6th Grade Camp.
- SSF is co-hosting a Minority Achievement Committee (MAC) Scholars Alumni Conference in June, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the MAC Scholars program. Alumni Scholars will share their personal stories and experiences with current Scholars and participate in a panel discussion on current topics.
- The Foundation supported two new clubs at the Middle School to provide opportunities for girls to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM), and coding and to see themselves in those fields.
Learn more about how the Foundation supports equity in the Shaker Schools.
Move over chicken fingers and mac and cheese: make room for spinach sausage parmesan orzo and Caesar salad. Lomond students and their families upgraded their weeknight dinner repertoire with a little help from chef Brandon Chrostowski of Edwins Leadership Institute & Restaurant. The Foundation supported a virtual “Kids Cook at Home” program by purchasing pots, pans, and other supplies so that all interested Lomond families could join in the fun of learning some advanced kitchen skills while trying new and healthy foods.
“We enjoy cooking with Edwins because it’s been one of the rare times we get to cook and eat dinner together,” says Tammy Bell. She, her husband, and their Lomond student, Drazden, work as a team in the kitchen, sometimes inviting other students or family members to join them. Says Drazden, “The best thing I liked was cooking with my friends. It was fun and the food is good!”
Tackling Leadership and Life Skills
The Shaker Heights High School football team built up some different kinds of muscles this year: leadership, positive thinking, and goal setting. More than 50 student-athletes and coaches participated in the Always Driven leadership program sponsored by the Shaker Schools Foundation. During eight remote sessions, Coach Roy Hall, Executive Director of the Driven Foundation, shared his wisdom and practical advice from his years as a football player with The Ohio State University and in the NFL – imparting lessons that will serve them well beyond the gridiron.
Says Hasim Rashid, a junior who plays defensive end, “The program will help me stay motivated and focused in school and keep my grades up. I have all A’s and B’s right now. The program teaches us to always be grateful and never take anything for granted, which is especially true now with Covid.”
Watch a short video from the sessions featuring Coach Hall’s advice.
Keep the Learning Going – All Year Long!
The school year is drawing to a close, but our mission to provide the best educational experience and opportunities for Shaker students doesn’t take a summer break. Thanks to your support this past year, we were able to keep our students active and engaged with new technology, athletics, and extra-curricular programs during remote and hybrid learning.
Now we’re looking to the future. The Shaker Schools Foundation needs your help to continue to provide equitable access to resources for academics, arts, athletics, STEM, and social-emotional programs for all Shaker students across the district.
Your gift to the Mission in Motion annual appeal will help us keep the learning going all summer long and into the next school year. All gifts are tax-deductible and can be made in honor or in memory of a beloved teacher, classmate, or graduating student.
Thank you for your continued generosity!
Help us Celebrate 30 Years of A Night for the Red & White!
2022 marks a momentous occasion; we’ll celebrate 30 years of supporting the Shaker Schools at A Night for the Red & White! While last year’s virtual event was well received, this year’s will be extra special – and hopefully in person! Now, we just need your talents to make it a success.
We’re assembling our planning committee and would love your input.
We also plan to highlight multiple generations of Shaker family members who have called Shaker their home! Contact Holly Coughlin, Executive Director, at (216) 295-4325 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Get ready to party for a purpose!
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Thank You to Our 2021 Corporate Partners!
Shaker Schools Foundation, 15600 Parkland Drive, Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120
216.295.4329 / shakerschoolsfoundation.org