Superintendent's Student Seminar at United Way

Visiting Our Partners
Posted on 03/15/2019
Image of Superintendent's Student Seminar StudentsSuperintendent David W. James has had a program called Superintendent's Student Seminar for several years now, and it has enriched the educations of dozens of seniors at APS.

This year's group of seniors, who get to visit with David in special meetings to discuss pretty much anything on their minds, have also made some field trips out of the office, if you will. The most recent Superintendent's Student Seminar group get-together took students directly to United Way of Summit County. United Way has become a strong partner in education with its mission addressing four so-called Bold Goals.

Bold Goal-Specific Strategies 
  • To achieve Bold Goal 1’s increase in third-grade reading scores, United Way will develop and support programs to increase kindergarten readiness, family engagement, and K-3 attendance and programs that mitigate summer learning loss among students.
  • To achieve Bold Goal 2’s increase in four-year graduation rates and college/career readiness, United Way will develop and support programs to offer mentoring, mitigate summer learning loss, increase family engagement and improve job readiness and middle-grades math skills.
  • To achieve Bold Goal 3’s financial empowerment target, United Way will develop Financial Empowerment Centers in conjunction with the City of Akron (slated to open in 2018), which will provide integrated services in areas of high need to help families and individuals build assets, reduce debt, raise credit scores, budget for the future, and access safe and affordable banking services.
  • To achieve Bold Goal 4’s reduction in emergency room visits due to drug overdose, United Way will support programs to promote drug abuse awareness, prevention focused around harm reduction for active users, treatment, and increased family and peer engagement for those impacted by the opioid crisis.
These strategies represent the first phase of a multi-year project by United Way to develop new programs and drive community investment to achieve its Bold Goals by 2025 (from uwsummit.org/strategies).

Image of Superintendent's Seminar Students

Pictured, left to right:
Ky'asia Williams - Buchtel CLC
Malasia Kellly - North
Robert Frazier - STEM
Mariah Fort - STEM
Levi Farrey - Kenmore-Garfield
Claire Struhsaker - Ellet
Mason Lehman - Ellet
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