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Strongsville students and teacher receive Achievement Awards: Talk of the

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – The State Support Team for Region 3, in partnership with the Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio, recently held their annual Excellence in Education Awards Ceremony at the Corporate College East campus of Cuyahoga Community College. Strongsville Middle School eighth grade students Chloe Hamad and Madeline Petras, along with Ms. Emma Northeim, Kindergarten teacher at Muraski Elementary were among the recipients of the Excellence in Education Achievement Awards.

The focus of the annual celebration is to acknowledge the contributions of individuals on behalf of students with disabilities and the outstanding achievements of individual students with disabilities. Chloe and Madeline were two of six students receiving an Outstanding Peer Achievement Award. Ms. Megan McGlaughlin, Intervention Specialist at SMS included these comments about each student as part of her nomination of each for their awards:

“Chloe attends Peer Reading on Fridays and participates in MakerSpace activities with students with special needs. She also partners with students in other elective classes to support and promote inclusivity and celebrate all students.”

“Maddie shows empathy by understanding how others feel and supporting them. Overall, Maddie’s exceptional personal qualities, values, and characteristics promote positive relationships in our school and community by fostering kindness, respect, responsibility, and empathy.”

Ms. Northeim was one of twelve local teachers honored with an Outstanding Educator Achievement Award. She was nominated by Mrs. Claire Crowley, an Intervention Specialist at Muraski Elementary. Mrs. Crowley’s nomination form included this about Ms. Northeim:

“Emma Northeim works tirelessly to support all students and make her classroom the safe, positive, engaging space every child needs. She exudes inclusion, welcoming all students into her classroom. She is open to trying new things to benefit her students and is constantly differentiating class activities so that all students can participate and access the curriculum.”       “We are proud of Chloe, Maddie, and Ms. Northeim for being recognized with the Excellence in Education Achievement Awards. These three individuals are representative of what makes our District special. They are inclusive, empathetic, and willing to go above and beyond to Be the Difference for their classmates and students. Chloe, Maddie, and Ms. Northeim are helping to create positive learning environments for all students in our District,” said Mr. Andy Trujillo, Strongsville City Schools Director of Student Services.

School supplies: Supplying Success is a local non-profit helping north Royalton City School District families in need by providing children their school supplies for a successful start to the school year.

To participate in the 23/24 school year Supplying Success School Supply program, register online by July 1 at www.forms.gle/CYSgYDBugWH5AsDp7.com or contact at [email protected]. You can also call 440-230-6195 or message them via Facebook.

Good music: If you like good music, you will be happy to hear that the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Community Band and Chorus are back. Their first performance is

Mon., June 5 at 7 p.m. at the Brecksville Human Services Center. There is no admission fee but call the Center at 440-526-2499 so they know how many people will be there.

The Center is at 2 Community Dr. in Brecksville.

Giant dahlias: It happens every year toward the end of summer at the Brecksville Human Services Center and City Hall. People stare in amazement at the largest and most beautiful Dahlias you’ve ever seen and the question, “Where did those come from?” is always sure to follow.

The answer is Maplecrest Farm right here in Brecksville on Miller Rd. The same Maplecrest Farm that housed the Budweiser Clydesdales when they were here for the Brecksville Bicentennial Parade in 2011.

Brant Giere grows these prize winners at the farm and walks away with a bouquet of blue ribbons when he enters them in competitions. But every year buckets of the dahlias will appear early in the morning at the Human Services Center and City Hall. That means Brant is harvesting the flowers and they get the benefit of the “leftovers.” Brant drops them off before heading to his stock broker office for his day job.

Now you, too, can learn his secrets. Brant will talk about how he raises these gorgeous flowers and he’ll bring plenty of pictures on Fri., June 16 at 11 a.m. at the Brecksville Human Services Center, 2 Community Dr., next to the Brecksville Community Center. Call 440-526-2499 to let them know you’ll be here. It’s free and open to the public.

Donate items: Habitat for Humanity will be at the Broadview Community Center on Sat., June 3, 9 a.m. to noon. Its ReStore is looking for donations of clean/usable household furniture of all kinds, kitchen equipment and cabinets, tools, sinks, toilets, vanities, electrical supplies, lamps, ceramic tile, doors, appliances, hardware, etc. (No paint, bedding or clothing).

If someone can use the item and it is in working condition, donate it to the ReStore to help its mission of providing suitable housing. Drop your donation off at the parking lot off of Broadview Rd .in front of the Broadview Heights Community Center at 9543 Broadview Rd. A tax receipt will be available. Larger items can be picked up by calling Habitat at 216-429-3631.

Social club: Spectrum Social Club is a safe, supportive place where neurodiverse youth and young adults can develop the social confidence and competence to develop lasting relationships and succeed in life. It offers a new and different approach to social skills based on coaching principles that really gets kids invested. They also offer parents coaching, training, and support to provide them with the tools they need to support their child’s growth and development.

The club believes that by partnering with local businesses, schools, and community leaders, they can provide valuable resources to families in our area; and make a real difference in the lives of those affected by autism, ADHD, and other neurodiverse identities. This will ultimately create a more inclusive and supportive community.

You are cordially invited to attend an Open House on June 1, 2023 to meet the group, see their facilities, learn more about the organization, and discuss partnership opportunities. The hours are from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at 8180 Brecksville Rd, #200, Brecksville.

If you are unable to attend but are interested in learning more about the organization, contact Pamela Crouse, Deputy Director at 216-800-9646, [email protected].

Read more news from the Sun Star Courier here.

Let the Brecksville, Broadview Heights, North Royalton and Strongsville communities know what is going on with your organization, church, school, business or family. Email me at [email protected].

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