In May, 2013, Grover Cleveland Campus held a very special graduation. However, it was not for their elementary school students, but for the students’ parents!
Through our community catalyst program, community members, including students’ parents, requested assistance with child rearing challenges. Cleveland partnered with the Black Women’s Health Alliance (BWHA) to provide support classes for parents dealing with an array of challenges.
Parents were especially interested in learning about Cleveland’s school culture practices, so they could integrate them at home which would allow students to hear one consistent message. The intense class took place weekly for two hours over twelve weeks. The BWHA paid for childcare and provided light refreshments during class. Some of the topics that were covered included an introduction to Mastery’s Culture System, identifying strategies for different ages and stages of development and how to manage you and your child’s stress.
The seven graduates of the program, attended by over 30 supporters, received Certifications and $25 Target Gift Cards from the BWHA. The graduates spoke at the ceremony about how much the class has helped them to better support their children and how many of those skills have helped them in other aspects of their lives. They also thanked the school for providing a valuable resource to the community. Go Cleveland!!