SEI Stories

Learning Through Play in Akron

It is no wonder why Akron and surrounding communities have so far embraced the Akron Children’s Museum downtown. Its vibrant walls and open space welcome families to freely explore the interactive exhibits. Even the characters and graphics painted inside the museum seem to pop out of the walls to greet visitors. The environment lends itself to playfulness and imagination for all ages—not just the young children the museum was intended to serve. After all, it was imagination, persistence and a lot of creativity that made it happen.

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A Conundrum

Education helps solve the effects of poverty, yet poverty is the biggest challenge for education. I am convinced education is the most important key to escaping poverty. Without a great education, your chances of escaping poverty or even moving up in socioeconomic class are slim. Read more from Summit Education Initiative Executive Director Derran Wimer in this post.

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Enrolled – DeKayla Bell

DeKayla Bell already envisions herself as a student at The University of Akron. The Buchtel Community Learning Center (CLC) senior will have 21 college credits under her belt upon graduating this spring. She completed her Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) early and took practice ACT® tests throughout high school. Bell also spent her last four summer breaks participating in The University of Akron’s Law and Leadership Institute, an experience that influenced her interest in becoming an attorney in the future.

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Enlisted – Isaiah Sears-Gooding

Isaiah Sears-Gooding remembers the first time he met Marines. “They made an impact on my life,” he says. Sears-Gooding, a Kenmore High School senior who decided to graduate from Akron Public Schools after moving several times during his childhood, had participated in an activity day after a week of testing in grade school. Marines helped coordinate this special day for students, which included snacks and games. “When I talked to the Marines during the event, they seemed professional; I liked their uniforms,” Sears-Gooding says. He recalls seeing similar uniforms in video games that depict combat on screens, but actually meeting Marines made Sears-Gooding realize just how real those situations can be.

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