Members of the Cleveland Browns were sent to opposite ends of the city in order to help celebrate the CMSD “Get 2 School, You Can Make It!” program. The Tight End members of the Cleveland Browns were well represented at Waverly School located at 1422 West 74th Street in Cleveland’s west side as Gary Barnidge, J. P. Holtz, Randall Telfer and Seth DeValve stopped by for a visit. At the same time across town at the Marion Sterling School on Central Avenue WR Rannell Hall and DB Ed Reynolds II stopped by at the east side school.
The players met with students who have shown exemplary attendance over the school year as well as returning to school after the holiday break. The players brought an armful of donated board games courtesy of The Cleveland Browns Foundation which they then sat down and played with the various scholars. Following the game period the students read to the players from a selection of favorite books found in the school library.
Following a group photo, each student received a Cleveland Browns lunch bag that was filled with school supplies after which a pizza party (courtesy of Papa John’s Pizza) was held in their honor.
The “Get 2 School, You Can Make It!” program is designed to encourage perfect attendance especially following holiday breaks periods which is vital in preparing the students for future success in academics and life.
The visit is part of the Cleveland Browns #give10 commitment through the Cleveland Browns First and Ten Campaign. During the offseason players are encouraged to engage in community programs and appearances on their Tuesday days off. The First and Ten Campaign was established to inspire fans to volunteer for ten hours each year after registering on the team website (click on the “Community” link). Following their service, the fans are invited to return to the site and share their experiences.
The Cleveland Browns have pledged to give back to Northeast Ohio through a commitment to education and youth football while promoting the team’s signature First and Ten volunteer movements. For additional information as well as the opportunity to sign up for the First and Ten program Cleveland Browns fans can go to www.clevelandbrowns.com/community.
Among the many local community charities and organizations the Cleveland Browns support, they are also a signature partner for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s “Get 2 School, You Can Make It!” attendance campaign. The goal of the campaign is to remove all barriers from students who are chronically absent from school for whatever reason. Missing even 10 days of school over the course of the year has a significant negative impact on test scores which places the student at risk of not graduating. Last school year saw a marked decline of students missing 10 or more days of school by an average of 6.5 percentage points. This means that over 2,400 students had their school attendance on track and are on the path to success in school as well as life.