Three Promises, Building Momentum

The following post is an excerpt of a message from Derran Wimer, executive director of Summit Education Initiative. Here, he encourages our readers to think about ways they can and do support the three promises for students in Summit County we agreed upon at January’s GradNation Community Summit. This message appears in the May 2016 edition of our monthly enewsletter “Align & Engage.” To subscribe, please send us an email here and include your name, organization and email address.

As we inch closer to students’ summer break, I’d like to remind you of three promises we agreed upon back in January, when warmer weather seemed so far away.

Akron Public Schools helping three promises

Photo courtesy of Akron Public Schools, 2016

At our GradNation Community Summit, we convened approximately 400 individuals from Greater Akron to discuss ways we can work together to increase high school graduation rates. The community spoke to us, and we decided Summit County promises to improve the following to benefit the education of its students:

  • caring adults
  • effective education
  • safe places

Now, we want to know what you and/or your organization are doing to help execute these promises in Summit County students’ lives. How are you ensuring students interact with caring adults? Which safe places do you provide for students outside of their home and their school? Why do you think effective, relevant education is so important?

Tell us how you support our three promises today. 

We appreciate the work you’re doing to support students in Summit County. Share your story by contacting Lindsay Ridinger, our manager of Wow! communications and marketing, with more details. She will reach out for more information shortly.

In the meantime, read here for a story about Kenmore High School student Daejah McCormick, who shares what kept her motivated to do well in school and ultimately be accepted to the Culinary Institute of America.