Lighting the SPARK for Education

Kindergarten readiness is important – beyond the first day of school. That’s why several teachers in Summit County chose to serve students during the Get Ready for School program this summer. Get Ready for School is a program of Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK) – a free, family-focused kindergarten readiness program to help 3- and 4-year-old children get ready for kindergarten. Learn more in this post. READ MORE»

This City Votes Contest Encourages Students to Speak Up

The Akron Beacon Journal, the Jefferson Center and Summit Education Initiative are working together on the project in an effort to highlight voting and politics in a positive light. They’re enlisting kids to submit humorous, insightful and creative videos to accomplish that goal. Read more about a #ThisCityVotes16 video contest in this post. READ MORE»

This City Votes Encourages Voter Participation

The Joy of Voting project, funded by the Knight Foundation through Citizen University, has provided grants to Akron area organizations to encourage participation in the election. The Beacon Journal has partnered with the Jefferson Center and the Summit Education Initiative to ask young people to produce short videos explaining the reasons they want adults to be informed, happy voters. Instructions can be found on the Your Vote Ohio Facebook page or by searching on #thiscityvotes16. READ MORE»