Individual volunteer recognized for outstanding service and dedication at Rimer CLC
Senior citizen volunteer recognized for outstanding service and dedication at Helen Arnold CLC
Senior citizen volunteer recognized for outstanding service and dedication at Firestone Park Elementary
The third installment of APS Shoutouts! on Tuesday, March 13, honored Michael Dozier, the head custodian at Helen Arnold CLC. APS representatives, including Assistant Superintendent Ellen McWilliams, Director of Community Relations Carla Sibley and Helen Arnold Principal LaMonica Davis recognized Mr. Dozier with a round of applause, words of thanks, and cookies baked by culinary and restaurant management students at North High School. Mr. Dozier (also known as "Uncle Mike" and "Papa Mike" to students) goes above and beyond every day at Helen Arnold. In addition to his regular duties, Mr. Dozier uses his lunch break to tutor fourth grade boys and comes in on the weekends when the Urban League (located in an extension of the same building) has functions. He's even asked his Mt. Calvary Lodge Masonic Group to help Helen Arnold students with various projects. Mr. Dozier is a prime example of what makes Akron Public Schools, in his words, "the best place to be for learning AND working." APS Shoutouts! honors APS employees who go above and beyond in their work for the district. APS chooses and surprises winners (a group, department or individual) every other week.
The second installment of APS Shoutouts! on Thursday, February 23, honored transportation department employees who make sure that approximately 100 homeless students in our district make it to and from school every day. APS representatives, including Superintendent David W. James and Executive Director of Business Affairs Debra Foulk, recognized Transportation Services Coordinator Kathy Kiehl and Specialist Rhonda Howell with a round of applause, words of thanks, and cookies baked by culinary and restaurant management students at North High School. APS Shoutouts! honors APS employees who go above and beyond in their work for the district. APS chooses and surprises winners (a group, department or individual) every other week.
Artwork featured was created by Akron Public School student artists who entered and received Gold or Silver Key awards in the Northeast Regional Scholastic Competition held at Kent State Stark in January.
The district debuted APS Shoutouts!, its new staff appreciation program, on Wednesday, February 8, by honoring 20 employees who have gone above and beyond in their daily work duties. Assistant superintendent Dr. Ellen McWilliams addressed the group, letting them know that their work is noticed and highly appreciated. Senior staff members and department directors clapped and cheered, and each recipient received a special cookie baked by students in the culinary arts and restaurant management program at North. Every other week, the district will honor new staff members. Winners, to be chosen by internal review, could be individuals or part of a group or department. The first batch of recipients included team captains/lieutenants who are working to improve communication and engagement with staff and the community: Team 1 – Capt. Desiree Bolden and Lt. Merle Buzzelli Team 2 – Capt. Kim Sabetta and Lt. Mary Farkas Team 3 – Capt. Martha Godward and Lt. Diettra Engram Team 4 – Capt. Larissa Brown and Lt. Patricia Agble Team 5 – Capt. Melissa Frymyer and Lt. Joe Tulak Team 6 – Capt. Becky Fox and Lt. Dan Rambler Team 7 – Capt. Michael Critchfield and Lt. Judy Neusser Team 8 – Capt. Paula Shafer and Lt. Rilinda Rodgers-Knott Team 9 – Capt. Barb Rickenbacker and Lt. Jon Beverlin Team 10 – Capt. Carol Healy and Lt. Wilma Alexander
STEM sixth-grader and Time Warner "Coolest Creations" contest winner, Noah Carillon
STEM eighth-grader and semi-finalist for National Science Fair, Adam Ben-Porath
LeBron James and the superintendent of Akron Public Schools, David W. James, held a commencement presentation at East Community Learning Center for Wheels for Education. On August 19th, the first camp graduated and celebrated their success in downtown Akron at Lock 3. Everyone was excited and had a great time. Thanks LeBron!