Browns media advisory –Browns, Maple Heights School District celebrate launch of Get 2 School Network at Barack Obama Elementary School (9.11.19)
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*WHO: Cleveland Browns Foundation
*TE Demetrius Harris
*TE David Njoku
Barack Obama Elementary School students
Maple Heights School District
*WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 11
WHERE: Barack Obama Elementary School
Maple Heights School District
5800 Glenwood Avenue
Maple Heights, Ohio 44137
WHAT: As part of Browns Give Back’s commitment to education, the Cleveland Browns Foundation and Maple Heights School District will celebrate the recent launch of the Get 2 School, Stay in the Game! Network during a visit to Barack Obama Elementary School. While at the school, Browns players will recognize select students to congratulate them for showing exemplary or significantly improved attendance, as well as meet with a group of students who could benefit from better attendance to help motivate them to get to school.
The Cleveland Browns Foundation is the signature partner for the Maple Heights City School District’s (MHCSD) Get 2 School, Stay in the Game! local attendance campaign. The Browns work hand in hand with MHCSD to help solve problems and remove barriers of students being chronically absent from school, which is defined as missing 10 percent of a school year for any reason.
Studies show that missing even two days a month (about 18 days in a school year) has a significant impact on a child’s learning, as well as their prospects of graduating from high school. The district and its partners, including the Browns, are working to increase awareness of students and parents about the importance of being in school every day and encouraging students to do so. This school year, MHCSD will also implement an attendance program in the form of a small group mentorship program to help middle school students create positive adult relationships and provide them with additional supports to overcome non-academic challenges. MHCSD will work closely with Proving Ground at Harvard University to evaluate the impact of its attendance strategies.
The Get 2 School Network is designed to connect its users to each other, state and national experts and high-quality attendance-focused campaign materials, strategies and evaluation tools made possible through a partnership between the Cleveland Browns Foundation, Ohio Department of Education and Proving Ground at Harvard University. The Get 2 School Network’s backbone is its website, Get2School.org, which is available to all Ohio schools and districts at no cost.
Through Browns Give Back, the Cleveland Browns are dedicated to #give10 through the team’s First and Ten initiative. Launched in June 2014, the Cleveland Browns First and Ten campaign is the team’s community program, established to inspire fans to volunteer in and help their communities throughout the world by volunteering for 10 hours each year. Through First and Ten, the Browns are the only NFL club to promote a long-term volunteering program that unifies the team and its entire fan base, with the goal of impacting every individual’s city across the globe, as well as the franchise’s local community. All Browns fans are encouraged to join the volunteering effort by signing the First and Ten pledge on the team’s website and by sharing their stories with #give10. For more information or to sign the pledge, visit www.clevelandbrowns.com/brownsgiveback.
About the Cleveland Browns and Browns Give Back:
The Browns Give Back to Northeast Ohio with a commitment to education and youth football while engaging the community through the team’s signature First and Ten volunteer movement. For more information, visit www.clevelandbrowns.com/brownsgiveback.
Education – The Cleveland Browns are dedicated to improving the quality of education for students in Ohio by making investments that keep kids in school every day so they can succeed, highlighted by the “Get 2 School, Stay in the Game!” Network. The “Get 2 School” Network is a statewide initiative designed to promote the importance of school attendance and put an end to chronic absenteeism. The team engages local schools and promotes quality education by using attendance data and feedback from families to build a school-going culture, uncover and reduce common barriers to attendance and support engagement opportunities for students to thrive. To learn more, visit Get2School.org.
Youth Football – The Cleveland Browns are committed to assisting the development, safety and growth of youth and high school football throughout Northeast Ohio with year-round programming for players, coaches, officials and parents. Through camps, clinics and other initiatives, the Browns’ goal is to promote healthy, social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of youth by enhancing opportunities for youth football participation and education.
First and Ten – Launched in June 2014, the Cleveland Browns First and Ten campaign is the team’s community program, established to inspire fans to #give10 and help their communities by volunteering for 10 hours each year. Through First and Ten, the Browns are the only NFL club to promote a long-term volunteering program that unifies the team and its entire fan base, with the goal of impacting every individual’s city across the globe, as well as the franchise’s local community. To date, more than 2 million hours of volunteering have been pledged through First and Ten. All Browns fans are encouraged to join the volunteering effort by signing the First and Ten pledge on the team’s website and by sharing their stories with #give10.
Boys Hope Girls Hope provides long term support to high-possibility, at-risk youth through intensive out-of-school-time programs from middle school through career. The program, which was founded in 1986, serves nearly 200 children from throughout Cleveland and Akron, including up to 20 residents who live in one of the program’s three family-like homes.
*Time and personnel subject to change