Back to School Fair

Over 2,600 Cleveland kindergarten through 12th grade students and their caregivers attended Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s 10th Annual Youth Summit and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s (CMSD) Back-to-School Fair held at the Cleveland Public Auditorium on Lakeside Avenue. Mayor Jackson was joined by CMSD CEO Eric Gordon and City of Cleveland Chief of Education Monyka Price for brief remarks about the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.

This year’s event highlighted the theme, “Conduct, Courage, Character and Community,”  in an effort to help children feel inspired to set positive examples for others, have the courage to face and overcome obstacles and have a sound character to do what is right for themselves and their community. Cleveland Browns Tight End Gary Barnidge was also welcomed to this year’s event.

Youth who attended this educational and fun-filled day of events participated in various workshops, group discussions and listened to presentations including Safe Walking Routes to School, Attendance and Punctuality, Violence Prevention, Health Education and Family and Community Engagement. 

Information about city services, resources, transportation and school assignments were available. In addition, all attendees received free, grade appropriate school supplies, a backpack, bookmark and a free lunch. Informational handouts about CMSD schools, education, health and wellness programs were also provided. Attendees enjoyed special presentations by the CMSD All Star Cheerleaders and musical entertainment by Randolph Scott, Sirnoc the Hip Hop Superhero, who brought positive messages to the families. 

Clare Walters