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What Happened at the March 20, 2015 Meeting?

The Community/Business/Schools Partnership met on March 20th at Broadview Multi-Care from 8:00-9:30am. Our sincere appreciation to BMC which also provided a full breakfast (Egg strata? Fruit salad? Gigantic cinnamon rolls? Bacon AND sausage? WOW!) for attendees which was an amazing way to start the day.

Opening ceremonies, including posting of the colors and pledge of allegiance, were led by VFW Post 7609 and American Legion Post 572.

Co-Facilitators Erin Gadd, PCSD Director of Public Relations, and Kristen Plageman, PCSD Director of Career and Technical Education, welcomed 40 attendees, representing parents, volunteers, business leaders, students, and school personnel.

Parma City Schools Updates

Dr. Edward Roshong, PCSD Executive Director of Instruction, shared updates about the District's community-driven strategic plan, PARCC testing, and success stories.

Partner Update

Pat Kenney, Chief Operating Officer of the Cleveland Housing Network, shared his experiences working with students through the Youth Opportunities Unlimited program, and recommended the group connect through this organization. More about Y.O.U. is located here:

Student Initiative

Valley Forge DECA students shared their business venture Pop Mac, as part of a Junior Achievement Company Program which provides basic economic education for students by allowing them to organize and operate an actual business. Students not only learn how businesses function, they also learn about the structure of the U.S. free enterprise system and the benefits it provides. Click here to support their venture by ordering popcorn and/or MacBook covers.

Community Project

Representatives from the local iCanBike initiative shared rider and volunteer opportunities. The iCanBike riding program for individuals with disabilities seeks Riders and Volunteers. iCanBike will run June 22-26th at the Michael A. Ries Ice Rink, 5000 Forestwood Drive in Parma. The cost is $85.00 for a rider to participate -- a fee greatly reduced due to the generous support of the Parma Recreation Department. Click here for volunteer form.

We Want Your Feedback!

Partners are reminded to provide feedback through the C/B/S Partnership survey. Your feedback will help inform the future of the partnership, including when and how often the group meets, how to best communicate with you, and more. Take the survey at this link:
C/B/S at Work for Students!

VFW Post 7609

Patriot's Pen Essay Contest - Grades 6-8: Parma Senior High students Miro Rusic and Emilee Cole placed 1st and 3rd at District 7 competition.
Voice of Democracy essay contest - Grades 9-12: Normandy High School student Paul Lungu places f1st at District and 5th at State level, earning a $2,500 scholarship!
The VFW was proud to host Green Valley Elementary's ice cream social, honoring student achievement.
Keep an eye out for the Buddy Poppy campaign May 8-10 at Drug Mart, May 21-224 at Giant Eagle on Snow Road, and June 12-14 at ACME.
The Memorial Day parade and ceremony in Seven Hills will be May 25th. Contact Nada Fleming to participate: 216-642-0234.

Cuyahoga County Public Library - Parma Branch

Two great learning opportunities for young children and their parents:

Kindergarten Readiness Sessions for 4-5 year olds to learn though hands-on activities about colors, the alphabet, numbers and shapes, while building early literacy skills. April 20-23 at 11:00am.
Play, Learn, and Grow workshops for children from infancy through Age 5 - the students will get to play with a variety of educational toys, while parents have an opportunity to speak with community experts about child development, speech, nutrition and other parenting topics. This program is every Friday in May!

Pleasantview Care Center:

This nursing facility is seeking a student photographer for an exciting volunteer opportunity. Contact Mary Hopkins at 440-845-0200.
Normandy and Valley Forge students are completing their clinicals at this facility.

Cuyahoga County Public Library - Parma-Snow Branch

Provided programs to Extended Day Care programs at John Muir, Green Valley, and Thoreau Park.
Hosted the March into Kindergarten registration event on March 11 & 12. Provided vouchers to the Kindergarten families to get a book to keep after visiting the Parma or Parma-Snow Branch twice. Free books for participants were provided by the "Friends of the Parma Libraries."
Partnering with the Parma City Schools and the Parma Council of PTAs for 2 programs in April:

Successfully assessing the community for children on the autism spectrum: April 23 at 7:00pm
Interest-based learning for children on the autism spectrum: April 28 at 7:00pm

American Legion Post 572

The A.L. oratorical scholarship was awarded to winner Abhishek Bhatt from Strongsville High School. Our local chapter would like to see PCSD students participate.
The AL is inviting PCSD students to participate in the Buckeye Boys State Samsung American Legion Scholarship. Check out their upcoming event which will be held June 14-21 and simulates running government.

Eat N Park Restaurants

Eat 'N Park reminds families that the restaurants provide FREE Kid's Meal Certificates to the elementary schools as rewards for the end of each grading period.

Success Story

Mike Helsel from VOYA connected with Harry Caruthers at Normandy through the Community Business Schools website. Mike has since volunteered at 3 classes and helped Harry's class secure finance books based on "real life" examples.


Erin Gadd & Kristen Plageman