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United Way of Greater Cleveland, CMSD award 1.7 million dollars to 17 schools


Cleveland, December 8, 2013: United Way of Greater Cleveland and Cleveland Metropolitan School District partnered to present 17 low-performing schools a much needed holiday gift. Esperanza, Inc. was selected by leadership teams at Walton, Luis Muñoz Marin and Lincoln West to be their lead agency.


A wrap-around school enables teachers and principals to concentrate on academics, addresses the social needs of students to clear learning barriers and engages families and community members in our children’s success. A new position will be created at each school with this special gift from United Way of Cleveland.


This site coordinator, part of CMSD CEO Eric Gordon’s Cleveland Plan, will serve as a liaison between the lead agency and school ensuring the support they need is provided, engage parents and their children and implement creative activities that will transform students’ lives.


“United Way focuses on advancing education, income and health in greater Cleveland,” said United Way President and CEO Bill Kitson. “Together with our community partners, $1.7 million will be invested in the 17 wrap-around schools to prepare our kids to prosper by integrating educational, physical, social, and emotional support and resources into the school environment.”


CMSD CEO Eric Gordon strongly believes in “The Cleveland Plan” and “appreciates the hard work everyone puts in at Esperanza.” “The power of Esperanza is connecting bilingual community and culture,” stated Gordon. “The fact that the school based teams are recognizing the strengths of multicultural community is so important. Esperanza is a lead agency making a difference.”


Victor Ruiz, Executive Director for Esperanza, Inc., is “especially thrilled with this announcement.”  “Esperanza, Inc. is excited to partner with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and United Way in this effort,” stated Ruiz. “Esperanza is committed to bringing the best services and partners to our three wrap-around schools. Together, we will provide our children with the safe, nurturing resource-rich environment they need to be successful.”


Dee Haslam, President of Cleveland Browns Foundation, added, “The Cleveland Browns are pleased to be a corporate sponsor of Esperanza’s work at Walton School.”


Cleveland Metropolitan School District is counting on the neighborhoods surrounding Investment Schools to be engaged and invested. CMSD strongly believes that families and citizens must play an involved role in supporting students with after school programs, mentoring, tutoring, social and emotional support and resources.


Esperanza Inc. provides educational support and scholarships to Hispanic Northeast Ohio students and their families through proven measurable programs, passionate staff and leadership.


Esperanza, Inc. (meaning “hope”), began in the early 1980s as a community project to improve the educational opportunities for Hispanics by motivating and recognizing academic achievement through scholarships. As Ohio’s only nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of Hispanic educational achievement, its founders recognized the need to expand the services by adding programs to address more of the educational needs of the community. Since awarding its first college scholarship that in 1983, Esperanza has grown steadily to where it now awards over 80 annual college scholarships through the support of corporations, foundations, and individual donors. For more information about Esperanza, Inc., visit http://www.esperanzainc.org


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