South Side Education News & Notes
Coventry High School selected as School of Promise by ODE
COVENTRY — Coventry High School was selected as a 2013 School of Promise by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) recently.
The award recognizes the school’s “success in closing the math or reading achievement gaps” for the students in the school, according to ODE officials.
“I’m proud of your hard work and commitment to overcoming the obstacles that you and your students face each and every day,” said ODE Superintendent of Public Instruction Richard Ross in a press release. “You are providing the boys and girls in your school with the skills they need to be successful. As one of an elite group of 141 Schools of Promise in Ohio, you have set a strong example of what we can achieve when educators, parents and community members come together to help all students succeed.”
The school will be receiving an official School of Promise banner to display in the building, according to ODE officials.
Coventry Middle School was recognized as a 2012 School of Promise, based on the results of the 2011-12 state report card, as well as a High Progress School of Honor, also based on the report card results, according to the district’s website, www.coventryschools.org.
Toy & Resource Center Offers developmental toys, resource materials
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Toy & Resource Center, located at 701 S. Main St., loans developmental toys and resource materials to anyone working with a child from birth to 6 years of age with special needs or developing typically.
Members can choose from hundreds of toys, including climbing and riding toys, cars and trucks, kitchen sets, musical instruments and more. There are also many resources for teachers and families who are homeschooling to keep students interested and engaged throughout the year, according to United Disabilities Services officials.
A low-cost membership is open to individuals and organizations, including parents, grandparents, teachers, therapists, students, hospitals, child care centers and preschool program staff.
The center staff is experienced in child development and available to help members select age-appropriate toys and offer suggestions. Children visiting the center are encouraged to try out toys before making their selections. A Special Needs Division, including specialized adaptive switches, toys and computer training devices, and games for older individuals with special needs, also are available.
The Toy & Resource Center is open Mondays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 330-762-9755 or visit www.udsakron.org.
Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.
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