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Superintendent Search Update
02/25/2021
I write to you to share a more lengthy update regarding the Akron Public Schools Superintendent Search and the next steps of the process.
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African American Fashion Designers
02/25/2021
A lack of inclusivity and diversity have long been pervasive issues in the fashion industry, not only for Black models but also for designers themselves.
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Storytime With I Promise
02/25/2021
To read a book – and be transported to another place and time, surrounded by new ideas where our imaginations can run free – is an incredible experience.
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Black History and a Re-Creation
02/25/2021
A group of students in the Akron area with the LeBron James Family Foundation’s 330 Ambassadors are walking the paths of escaped slaves on their journey to freedom to honor Black History Month.
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Lady Rams vs. Lady Orangemen Basketball Playoff - February 10, 2021
02/25/2021
Watch the Lady Rams take on the Lady Orangemen at Firestone! Commentary provided by Joseph Pukansky.
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Lady Rams vs. Lady Orangemen Basketball Playoff Highlights - February 10, 2021
02/25/2021
Watch highlights from the basketball playoff game on February 10, 2021 - Lady Rams vs. Lady Orangemen!. Commentary provided by Joseph Pukansky.
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Celebrating Black History Month in Theatre
02/25/2021
Audra McDonald is an American actress and singer. Primarily known for her work on the Broadway stage, she has won six Tony Awards, more performance wins than any other actor, and is the only person to win all four acting categories.
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Who They Admire
02/25/2021
Black History Month expands students’ understanding of the Black experience in American history. But one teacher in Akron, Ohio, wanted her students to see that Black history isn’t something that happened in the past, it happens every single day through each of them.
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APS Staff Spotlight - February 24, 2021
02/25/2021
Thank you for all that you've done and do. It's because of you that we have success at APS!
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African American Artists Included
02/24/2021
Explore a selection of works by African American artists included in the collection of the National Gallery of Art.
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Register Now for Girls on the Run
02/24/2021
Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio gives girls an opportunity to make new connections and build confidence through a physical activity-based youth development program.
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LeBron and Livingston
02/24/2021
LeBron James is a person who never forgets his roots. The 36-year-old NBA superstar is extremely committed to making his hometown Akron, Ohio, a better place and has taken several steps toward it.
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Celebrating Black History Month in Theatre
02/24/2021
Douglas Turner Ward was an actor, playwright and director who co-founded the celebrated Negro Ensemble Company, a New York theater group that supported Black writers and actors at a time when there were few opportunities for them.
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19 African American Composers to Celebrate
02/23/2021
The United States is known as the “land of the free and the home of the brave” after the concluding line of the “Star Spangled Banner,” which became the national anthem in 1931. But the United States has not always been a land where everyone is free.
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APS in Support of Families
02/23/2021
Over the past year, Bill Reynolds has turned to the Helen Arnold Community Learning Center for help, including rental assistance. The rideshare driver has struggled to provide for his family of six because of the pandemic. He quit driving early on out of concern for his pregnant wife.
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Voris CLC Monthly Shout-Out Video - January 2021
02/23/2021
Voris CLC teachers utilize Class Dojo to recognize students, who are being safe, responsible and respectful, with points, and students can "buy a raffle ticket" with their Class Dojo points.
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Celebrating Black History Month in Theatre
02/23/2021
Lloyd Richards (1919-2006) was a Canadian-American theatre director, actor and dean of the Yale School of Drama from 1979 to 1991, and Yale University professor emeritus.
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Back to In-Person Learning Coming
02/22/2021
Akron Public Schools Board of Education voted unanimously at its meeting Monday, February 22, 2021, to return students to school March 8 and March 15.
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14 Black Inventors You Probably Did Not Know About
02/22/2021
Many people have read the story of how George Washington Carver invented over 300 products made from peanuts: flour, paste, insulation, paper, wall board, wood stains, soap, shaving cream and skin lotion.
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Celebrating Black History Month in Theatre
02/22/2021
Anna Deavere Smith is an actress, playwright, teacher and author.
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Storytime: The Snowy Day
02/22/2021
Here's another fun read-with-me video from one of our staff and friends. Watch, read along and let us know what your family is reading!
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Xavier Summer Reading Enrichment Program
02/22/2021
The Xavier Summer Reading Enrichment programs are taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development. Tuition varies by program level. Please ask about the family discount.
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The Art of Y
02/20/2021
Summit ArtSpace is collaborating with the Akron Area YMCA on a juried exhibition to celebrate the Y’s 150th anniversary of strengthening the community’s spirit, mind and body.
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Tasty Lower-Sugar Choices for Kids and Caregivers
02/20/2021
Parents, caregivers of children ages 0-5 and their kids are invited to a free lesson of kid-friendly recipes March 13 from 11-11:30 a.m. via Google Meet.
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Eight Black Inventors Who Made Life Easier
02/19/2021
Most people have heard about famous inventions like the light bulb, the cotton gin and the iPhone. But there are countless other, often overlooked inventions that make our daily lives easier.
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Weekly Update
02/19/2021
Find out the latest information on free flu clinics for organizations, family selection survey due by Feb. 19, COVID-19 vaccine scams, CDC's new guidelines, plan to reopen schools for in-person learning, STEM EXPO, Dr. Erich Merkle's Mental Health Moment, and other helpful resources.
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Celebrating Black History Month in Theatre
02/19/2021
In 1935, in the middle of the Great Depression, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration created the Works Progress Administration Federal Theatre Project (FTP) as part of the New Deal economic recovery program.
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North Vikings vs. Ellet Orangemen Basketball - February 5, 2021
02/19/2021
Watch the North Vikings take on the Ellet Orangemen at Ellet! Commentary provided by Joseph Pukansky and David Schick.
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North Vikings vs. Ellet Orangemen Basketball Highlights - February 5, 2021
02/19/2021
Watch highlights from the basketball game on February 5, 2021 - North Vikings vs. Ellet Orangemen! Commentary provided by Joseph Pukansky and David Schick.
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Music to Her Ears
02/19/2021
Enrollment numbers from the State Department of Education show thousands of students who need specialized education did not enroll this school year.
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Black History Biography
02/18/2021
February marks Black History Month, a tribute to African American men and women who have made significant contributions to America and the rest of the world in the fields of science, politics, law, sports, the arts, entertainment and many other fields.
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Firestone Alum to Address Barriers
02/18/2021
2010 Firestone CLC graduate Stephen Campbell, M.D., will be a featured panelist for a Black History Month event being held virtually Tuesday, Feb. 23, by Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED).
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Lady Dragons vs. Lady Vikings Basketball - February 4, 2021
02/18/2021
Watch the Lady Dragons take on the Lady Vikings at Ellet! Commentary provided by David Schick.
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Lady Dragons vs. Lady Vikings Basketball Highlights - February 4, 2021
02/18/2021
Watch highlights from the basketball game on February 4, 2021 - Lady Dragons vs. Lady Vikings! Commentary provided by David Schick.
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Celebrating Black History Month in Theatre
02/18/2021
Katori Hall is an Olivier Award-winning and two-time Tony-nominated native of Memphis, Tenn. She is the bookwriter and co-producer of the West End and Broadway hit, "Tina: The Tina Turner Musical."
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Fixing Funding For Schools
02/18/2021
In laying out his proposed budget this month, Gov. Mike DeWine specifically said that the state legislature should do the heavy lifting when it comes to school funding.
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Inclusion Days at the Zoo
02/18/2021
The Akron Zoo is partnering with Summit County Board of Developmental Disabilities for its second annual Inclusion Days on Saturday, Feb. 27, through Monday, March 1.
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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics EXPO Goes Online
02/18/2021
The Annual Akron Public Schools STEM EXPO is going online.
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APS Staff Spotlight - February 17, 2021
02/17/2021
Thank you for all that you've done and do. It's because of you that we have success at APS!
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Celebrating Black History Month in Theatre
02/17/2021
In 1967, Bailey and Cab Calloway headlined an all-black cast version of "Hello, Dolly!" A touring version of the show was so successful, producer David Merrick took it to Broadway where it played to sold-out houses and revitalized the long-running musical
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Little-Known Black History Facts
02/16/2021
Learn some little-known Black history facts about such topics as the first Black network news reporter, the origins of Thanksgiving, the men who changed the NBA and much more.
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Celebrating Black History Month in Theatre
02/16/2021
At the turn of the twentieth century, Bert Williams and George Walker were two of the most sought-after comedians on the American stage, renowned for their storytelling, singing, dancing and pantomime.
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Celebrating Black History Month in Theatre
02/15/2021
Few cultural figures of the last half of the 20th century were as multifaceted as Geoffrey Holder, and few had a public presence as unmistakable as his, with his gleaming pate atop a 6-foot-6 frame, full-bodied laugh and bassoon of a voice laced with the lilting cadences of the Caribbean.
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Teaching Black History All Year Long
02/15/2021
The end of this past school year, and the events surrounding the death of George Floyd while in police custody, have left all of us reeling.
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Board of Education Meeting - February 8, 2021
02/15/2021
The Board of Education is the official body representing the citizens of Akron on all matters of public education. The Board is non-partisan and non-sectarian.
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Five Things You May Be Interested In - February 15, 2021
02/15/2021
The most recent Board of Education Meeting video is online now and here are five things you may be interested in. The times codes for each segment are listed at the end of this video.
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Celebrating Black History Month in Theatre
02/15/2021
"Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk" is a musical revue telling the story, through tap, of black history from slavery to the present.
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Celebrating Black History Month in Theatre
02/15/2021
Since opening its doors in 1914 and introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo has played a major role in the emergence of jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues and soul — all quintessentially American music genres.
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Celebrating Black History Month in Theatre
02/15/2021
Billy Porter is an actor, writer and red carpet superstar. Most recently, he is best known for his Emmy-winning performance as Pray Tell on FX's "Pose," though he has also appeared in "American Horror Story" and "Law & Order."
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