Students across Central win bikes for books in Read & Ride

Students across Central win bikes for books in Read & Ride

Early learning and elementary students throughout the Promise neighborhood read hundreds of books and turned in their reading logs in the hopes of winning a brand-new bicycle. As part of the Read & Ride program, students were encouraged to read books outside of school, log what they’d read, and logs would be entered into a drawing to receive a new bike at the end of the school year.

Winners’ names are listed below, and will continue to be updated throughout June. This year, one of the SPARK winners, Sir Eric Bowling, won a bike after reading 91 books. His sister, Diamond Bowling, was a winner last year. Sir Eric and Diamond’s mom said literacy efforts are helping encourage her kids to pick up a book.

“It’s easy now because they are always asking me to read to them,” she said. “They even noticed the little tree houses with books in them (Little Free Libraries) and asked me to get them some books. So now I fill their book bags without three to four books when we’re walking home and I tell Eric he has to carry his book bag with his new books.”

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!


George Washington Carver:

Grade 1 – Tashawn Jones, Faith Harvey

Grade 2 – Steven Bouyer, Autumn Paschal



Pre-K: Chloe Vason, Corey Vason

Grade 1 – Tayvontay Dennis, Kimora Wilson

Grade 2 – Malayah Randle, Emanuel Marks


Alfred A. Benesch:

Grade 1 – Levi Cook, Josiana Torres

Grade 2 – Akir Taylor, Tredaysia Davis



Sir Eric Bowling, Rha’Xzya Singleton


Daycare for Future Scholars:

A’Miyah Pitmon, Isaac Washington, Jr


William Patrick Day:

Arionna Black, Timothy Yue

East Tech scholars receive $2M in scholarships

East Tech scholars receive $2M in scholarships

Promise has proudly awarded scholarships to 12 scholars in East Tech High School’s graduating class of 2018, offering a boost to get them started on the next step of their education journey.

In an awards ceremony at East Tech High School, Promise Engagement Manager Joe Black and Education Performance Manager Richaun Bunton were joined by Promise Ambassador Dolores Gray to present the scholarships to the students, many of whom received additional awards from the school and community organizations.promiseschols3

Seniors Sampson Deal and Shaleia Howard received full rides – Deal to Eastern Michigan University and Howard to Cleveland State University. In total, students received two million dollars in scholarship funding.

Senior Donald White received the Principal’s Award, and the ceremony honored the class officers of 2018 and presented new class officers for 2019.

2018 Promise Scholars:

  • Eric Anderson
  • Ny’Ashia Carlton
  • Natalia Carroll
  • Dylon Cullum
  • Sampson Dealpromiseschols2
  • Jaye Douglas
  • Shaleia Howard
  • Shauntinique Isom
  • Donald King III
  • Davion McKenzie
  • Denise Roldan
  • Jatae Rowell
  • Ja’Tayia Warner

This year’s scholars will join Promise for the College Roundtable on June 13 to learn more about what to expect when they head to school in the fall.

Congratulations to all!

Questions about college? Join our roundtable in June.

Questions about college? Join our roundtable in June.

Do you know a high schooler who’s preparing to enter college in the next few years? Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood is hosting a College Roundtable discussion on June 13 to offer advice and guidance for anyone interested in pursuing higher education. This session will give students the chance to ask questions and hear from community members and leaders who have been through the processes of higher education, from application to acceptance to arrival. CollegeCounseling


Click here to register.

Wednesday, June 13

4 to 6 p.m.

Friendly Inn Settlement

A Note from Sue: Making a Literacy Promise

A Note from Sue: Making a Literacy Promise

Sue_headshouldersLooking ahead in the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood, we are energized and excited to continue working toward our vision to support educational opportunities for Central’s families and children. The area of education is broad and diverse, and this year, Promise is focusing in on building literacy and encouraging reading among families and children in Central.

Our partners at The Literacy Cooperative have shared some staggering statistics: There is a 30-million word gap between 3-year-old children from professional families and their peers who come from families at or below the poverty level. This inequity follows these children into grade school, contributing to lagging kindergarten readiness and reading proficiency at third grade. Given that over 80 percent of Central children are in families at or below poverty, efforts to close this literacy gap are critical.

We are investing in several avenues to help support reading from a young age.

First, our Read and Ride program encourages and motivates young readers to log the books they read and enter into a chance to win bikes, and we’re just about ready to send this year’s students off on two wheels for the summer. First offered to one classroom at George Washington Carver School in 2015, the program now serves all first and second grade students at the three Promise neighborhood schools, as well as pre-K students at 10 early learning centers. In collaboration with the Knights of Pythias, Starting Point and Kids Book Bank, children and families receive books to increase family reading time and build home libraries.

We’ve also partnered with The Literacy Cooperative to expand the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to children under five residing in the Central neighborhood. DPIL is a unique early years book gifting program that mails a brand new, age-appropriate book to enrolled children monthly through their fifth birthday, at no cost to the recipient. TLC will partner with Promise Ambassadors, libraries, early learning and daycare providers, pediatricians and other medical providers to enroll families living in Central. Stay tuned for more about this in the coming months.

Our own #PromiseReads initiative will help put Central’s young readers in the spotlight, offering books and reading opportunities at events throughout the year. #PromiseReads is all about encouraging children and families to read together, and to share that reading time with us on social media – and, later this year, on the local news, with support from WKYC. Over the next several months, we’ll be promoting reading by hosting themed community events, rehabilitating our neighborhood’s Little Free Libraries and sharing photos and videos on our Promise Facebook and Twitter pages.

We know from last year’s data that the 2016-2017 school year was the first time all three Promise neighborhood schools passed the Ohio third-grade reading guarantee. This is an encouraging trend, and one we’re hoping to see maintained in the coming years.

Keep checking back on our website for more updates about our upcoming initiatives, as well as how you can get involved. I know that by continuing to work together, we can truly make change in our community.

Susanna H. Krey, President, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland


Volunteers needed for Marion-Sterling Carnival

Volunteers needed for Marion-Sterling Carnival

The annual Marion-Sterling Spring Carnival is coming up on Friday, May 18.

The carnival is a way to celebrate students and their hard work over the school year, with an afternoon of games and activities. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade will be participating.

Marion-Sterling NEEDS VOLUNTEERS to help set up and run the games. The more volunteers, the more activities children can enjoy.

Please feel free to share this information with college students home for the summer, retirees or students who may need community service hours.



Date: Friday, May 18th

Time: Noon – 3:30pm

Set-up begins at 11am and tear-down at 3:30.


Volunteers are needed throughout the day.  If you are interested, contact Cathy Kopinsky at no later than May 11.