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The 2012 Expo for Success was held Saturday, October 20, 2012, from 10:00 am to noon at Buchtel Community Learning Center in conjunction with The Frontiers Club’s annual Pancake Day.  The Expo replaced Project GRAD’s annual Walk for Success last year so that we could connect in a more effective way with school and community members to share information about Project GRAD’s programs and services.  This year marks the 11th year of Project GRAD’s service in the Buchtel Cluster to students and families attending Buchtel, Crouse and Schumacher CLC’s. 

Over 150 people were in attendance at the Expo this year, receiving information and educational materials from the following agencies, organizations, and programs that were present to share the services and resources they offer to the community:

Akron Peacemakers
Akron Public Schools Issue 61
Akron Urban League – Next Step
Buchtel CLC PTA
Career Education – APS
Children’s Hospital Sickle Cell Program
Crouse PTA
Grandparents on the Rise
Greenleaf Family Services
Kent State University Financial Aid
Kent State University Upward Bound
Ladies First
Maple Valley Library
Neighborhood Trust – Project Ujima
Ohio Young Scholars
Project GRAD Akron
Project RISE – Akron Public Schools
Schumacher PTA
Small Smiles
Stark State College Admissions
Summit County Department of Job & Family Services
Summit County Health District
Working in Progress 

Thursday, May 17, 2012, at Schumacher CLC.
PARTIAL FUNDING PROVIDED BY W.A.N.G. (West Akron Neighborhood Group)  
Chairperson: Leah Dreussi, Home School Community Coordinator, Project GRAD Akron; Committee Members: LaRonda McWhorter, Intern, The University of Akron; Aria Campbell, Literacy Consultant, Schumacher CLC; Georgia Gardner, Literacy Consultant, Rankin Elementary School; Kim Bartoe, Intervention Specialist, Crouse CLC; Laurie Curfman, Director of Programs, Project GRAD Akron.
Seventeen (17) students competed in the 6th Annual Spelling Bee.  Originally, a total of nine students were chosen from each school, three students each from 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.  These students practiced regularly with their building coaches.  A total of 19 students participated in the mandatory rehearsal.  
Receiving a trophy as the First Place Winner was KAMARA SHAW, 4TH grade, Schumacher CLC
Winning Word:  Whisper;   Parent/s: Claudia Shaw
Receiving a trophy as the Second Place Winner was JAZALYN VALLEY, 5th grade, Schumacher CLC (in photo on the left).              
Parent/s: Jennifer Anderson and Obie Carter
Each participant received a 2012 Spelling Bee t-shirt, a Dictionary-Thesaurus, a Spelling Bee Medallion, and a Participation Certificate.
 ♦First place winner Kamara Shaw (right) and second place winner Jazalyn Valley (left).
Pronouncer:  Emmalee Coontz, Teen Librarian, Maple Valley Library                                                                         
Judges: Mary Outley-Kelly, Executive Director of Elementary Education, Akron Public Schools; Debra North Sommerville, Program Manager, Summit County Dept. of Job and Family Services; DeAndre Nixon, President, West Akron Neighborhood Group (WANG)