Ambition Set to Music

The beat goes on for the 4Hands program at Summit Academy Transition High School – Cincinnati thanks to musical instrument donations, such as that of a djembe drum by Beth Powers. 4Hands, the brainchild of music teacher Christopher Smith, awards refurbished donated rock band instruments to deserving student-musicians. Powers of Glendale passed on her drum … Continued

Spirit of Giving

The floodgates opened after Youngstown Secondary School Administrative Assistant Audrianna Phillips reached out to potential donors through Facebook. She simply wanted to raise about $350, enough to purchase Thanksgiving Day meals for the school’s families most in need. Instead, thousands of dollars rolled in almost immediately. Parent Molly White was so moved by the school’s … Continued

Outpouring of Generosity Gives Way to Thanksgiving Meals for Youngstown Secondary Families

Baskets brimming with turkey, veggies, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, rolls, butter and pumpkin pie will go to the homes of all Summit Academy Secondary School – Youngstown students as well as to many families from Summit Academy – Youngstown Elementary. The Thanksgiving holiday  goodness comes from generous school employees, community members and local businesses and … Continued

Stars, Stripes and Gratitude — Lorain Students Thank Veterans for their Military Service

Stars, stripes and even a few hearts embellish cards handmade by Summit Academy School – Lorain students, thanking military veterans for their service. The veterans will receive these greetings of gratitude at the Lorain County Veterans Office on Veterans Day and for the remainder of the month. Angela Davis, community outreach coordinator for the Summit … Continued

Special Delivery – Parma Students Get Surprise Visits from Principals, Teachers “Just Because”

Students from Summit Academy Community School – Parma are receiving surprise visits from their principals and teachers to bridge some of the gaps left by the pandemic and school closure. The caring educators are making Friday rounds to students’ homes, delivering drawings and upbeat messages, cards for youngsters celebrating birthdays, thank-you notes to families and … Continued

Rock On – 4Hands program puts rock band instruments in the hands of promising young Cincinnati musicians

Ten years ago, on the streets of New Orleans, 5-year-old Hassan Patin danced to a drummer’s beat. The street musician’s da-dum-da-dum-da-dum moved Patin, body and soul, he says. “I felt the rhythm of the drum under my feet,” recalls Louisiana native Patin, now a sophomore at Summit Academy Transition High School – Cincinnati. Today, Patin’s … Continued

Summit Academy Names Four New Principals

Summit Academy Schools welcome new principals Lisa Brown, Michelle Brunner, Kristen McClanahan-Parkes and Keegan Schoen. Respectively, they will serve the students, families and staff of Summit Academy Transition High School- Dayton, Summit Academy Community School – Cincinnati Elementary, Summit Academy Community School for Alternative Learners – Middletown Elementary, and Summit Academy Community School for Alternative … Continued

Summit Academy 2020 Graduates – A Class Act

Amid a historic period marked by a national pandemic and school closures across the nation, 205 Summit Academy seniors earned their high school diplomas this year. In celebrations ranging from parades and drive-in ceremonies to virtual and small-scale commencements, graduates received accolades for their accomplishments and inspirational advice from teachers, staff members and administrators. Meanwhile, … Continued

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