Boys & Girls Club opens teen center at East Tech

Boys & Girls Club opens teen center at East Tech

On Tuesday, August 22, 2017 East Tech High School became the ninth CMSD school to serve as a Boys & Girls Club site, joining John Adams and Lincoln-West high schools and Franklin D. Roosevelt, Michael R. White, Andrew J. Rickoff, Mound, Luis Muñoz Marin and Walton schools. Nationally, Boys & Girls Clubs have moved from operating stand-alone centers to co-existing alongside partners like the  school district.

The East Tech Teen Center will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays and serve young people from the neighborhood. Club and school officials say the East Tech center will provide an after-school sanctuary for teenagers concerned about gang violence and other danger on neighborhood streets.

The Boys and Girls Club teen center at East Tech.
The Boys and Girls Club teen center at East Tech.

“We know teens are most likely to get in trouble during the hours right after school, and we are excited to offer positive alternatives to risky behavior,” said Ron Soeder, president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland.

Richard Starr, director of a Boys & Girls Club at the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority’s King Kennedy property, will also oversee the East Tech Teen Center. Starr graduated from East Tech in 2007.

“The idea with the club at East Tech was to really let the space be the draw. Once the kids start coming to the club, then we will introduce programming and promote safe socialization,” Starr said. “Opening a club at East Tech has been a dream of our for a long time and this location we fill a much-need niche for the kids that loiter or linger around after school.”

Starr adds that the club at East Tech will hopefully help alleviate some stress and worries for parents.

Club members will have use of a new “learn and play center,” where they can go after school to work on computers, study, get in a game of pool or table tennis and play board games.

The former library was renovated through the NBA Cares program. League and Cavaliers representatives dedicated the facility in June, during the NBA Finals.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland operates 16 locations in Cleveland, Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland. Last year, the clubs served more than 7,000 kids, emphasizing healthy lifestyles, academic success, character and citizenship.

East Tech Alumni Association announces summer, fall events

East Tech Alumni Association announces summer, fall events

The East Tech High School Alumni Association (ETAA) recently announced it’s upcoming schedule of events for late summer and fall.

July 29, 2017: East Tech Alumni Scholarships/Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon, 1pm at the Mediterranean Party Center located at 25021 Rockside Road, Bedford Hts.  Luncheon tickets are $25.00. Tickets can be purchased by calling 216.571.0513 or 216.991.4126.

August 20, 2017: Alumni “Scarabs Picnic” (All Classes) 10am – 7pm, Stafford Park, 5440 Mayville Ave., Maple Heights, Oh., Represent your Class with Tents/Banners, Hot Dogs & Beverages are complimentary, bring your family and Picnic Baskets, Vendors please contact 216.577.4526

Scarabs Forever Weekend schedule:

  • September 29, 2017: East Tech High School Homecoming Football Game-Alumni Section (Stay tuned for Location/Time), Alumni After-Party @ Lancer On 21 @ 2134 Rockwell Avenue.
  • September 30, 2017: Alumni Walkathon Registration ($10) Wear Your Gold & Brown T-Shirt, Registration is $15 with pre-ordered T-Shirt, starting at 9:30a.m. @ East Tech High School, Alumni will join in unity with the East Tech Homecoming Parade at designated corner, and Alumni Basketball Game scheduled at 2pm.

East Tech Class of 72’ Class 45th Gala Celebration Reunion Contact Information: 216.926.4865

East Tech Class of 67’ Class 50th Reunion Contact Information: 216.375.6155

“I believe it is important for us to pay homage to our alma mater, as well as embrace the responsibility of passing on our school traditions and history to the baby scarabs, giving them some of what we received in terms of school unity and an appreciation of humble beginnings.  If ever there was a time, the time is now to get involved. There are so many ways you can participate, just simply pass the word of events, join the membership, donate a dollar or two, mentor, volunteer at alumni events or at the school, join our alumni leadership committees, join the alumni class scholarship bandwagon, you name it we are in to win it,” said Greta Stakely-Humphrey, president, East Tech Alumni Association. “Giving thanks to alumni, class reunion committees, CMSD, school staff, friends of East Tech and the East Tech/Central Community for your support in believing in our children from whence we come.  We are looking forward to continued growth and fellowship. Many thanks to ETAA’s alumni planning committees for their tireless work in preparing for the upcoming alumni association’s events.”

For more information regarding upcoming events email or call the East Tech Alumni Office at 216.571.0513 or 216.571.4846

About East Tech Alumni Association
Alumni “Scarabs” from the Class of 1939 all the way to 2017 newest alum are invoking the mystique and power of this ancient symbol as members of the East Tech Alumni Association (ETAA).  A scholarship driven and service oriented not-for-profit organization focused on the alumni, current students, community and the future of East Tech High School (ETHS).  Once a thriving powerhouse and ambassador of the Cleveland Public High Schools, ETAA’s vision is to serve East Tech High School in the same way suburban or private high schools alumni associations support their schools.  ETAA promotes unity, pride and school spirit through the alumni school assistance program, reunion assistance, scholarship program, Community Alumni Schools Together (CAST) program and sponsored events that speak to camaraderie. Alumni Leadership Conferences, annual scholarship awards event, social events, class reunions, and “Walk 4 Dollars 4 Scholars” Walkathon, alumni picnics embracing of all classes.  These programs are designed to boost academic progress, build resilience and confidence in students consistent with the school’s historic status as one of Cleveland’s exceptional educational institutions.  ETAA has been successful in enlisting support from parents, alumni, school staff, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, city officials and the community at large. In collaboration with alumni classes and business partnerships, ETAA to date has awarded over $120,000 in scholarships to deserving student as they pursue higher education.

The Association’s Founding Members in 1981 set the groundwork of vision, and purpose that sparked a chain of events leading us to the present. ETAA’s success in promoting the welfare of ETHS scholars “Baby Scarabs” is due to the organization’s character of scholarship driven and service oriented concepts.

Back to School Event Great Success

Thanks to everyone who helped make the Aug. 19, “Back to School Event” at East Tech High School a great success. More than 1,000 residents and students attended and about 700 uniform vouchers were distributed for families to ensure kids had new clothes to start school. Also the dozen stylists – barbers and braiders – cut and braided more then 100 children’s hair. Principals and teachers stopped by to encourage students on starting school.