Project Rise, Above and Beyond Ally Award Goes to Kenmore-Garfield Teacher

Project Rise, Above and Beyond Ally Award Goes to Kenmore-Garfield Teacher
Posted on 06/01/2018
Ally Award Winner

PRESS RELEASE: June 1, 2018


Project Rise

Akron Public Schools

70 N. Broadway, Room 101

Akron Oh 44308


Rachel Breece, Special Programs Coordinator

(330) 761-2969 / [email protected]

Project Rise Recognizes KGHS Teacher with “Ally Award”

This spring, Project Rise recognized Cheryl Marez, a teacher at Kenmore Garfield High School with their “Ally Award”. This award is given out to Project Rise partners who have gone above and beyond in their service or contribution to the program. Earlier this school year (and for the past several years), Ms. Marez was instrumental in the planning and implementation of the annual Project Rise Harvest Dinner. The Harvest Dinner is held in November and gives families in the Project Rise program the opportunity to celebrate this festive time of year with food, fun and friendship. The evening included arts and literacy activities, parent-child activities, Thanksgiving dinner, giveaways, and entertainment.

Project Rise is a federally funded program through Ohio Department of Education. This program is a collaborative effort by Akron Public Schools, local shelters and the Akron community to provide supplemental educational services to children and youth experiencing homelessness. So far this school year, Project Rise has identified and served close to 1,900 students.  

The Harvest Dinner event this past fall marked the 10th annual Harvest Dinner Event. Previously the event was held at Salvation Army of Akron. This year, a new tradition began and the event was held at Kenmore-Garfield High School. Changing the location of the event to KGHS was a natural transition because of all the support Project Rise has gotten from the school over the years. Particularly from Ms. Marez, a Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher at KGHS. Ms. Marez is also the leader the school’s FCCLA (Family Career & Community Leaders of America). Along with Ms. Marez, the FCCLA students were also instrumental in making the event a success. They helped prepare much of the food before the event, set up, serve food and clean up after the event.

Prior to the event, staff and teachers from Kenmore High School donated enough money to allow the FCCLA to purchase the 11 turkeys. The FCCLA students prepared and cooked the turkeys and also the mashed potatoes and gravy. Glenda Keaton, another Family Consumer & Sciences teacher from KGHS also contributed food to the dinner. Her foods class helped prepare a sweet potato dish that was a crowd favorite!

Without the help from Ms. Marez with both the planning and coordination prior to the event and the implementation on the day of, the Harvest Dinner would not have been nearly as successful. Project Rise is extremely grateful for all of the efforts Ms. Marez has put forth for the annual Harvest Dinner event for the past several years.  

For more information on Project Rise and how you can help, please contact Rachel Breece, Special Programs Coordinator, at 330-761-2969 or [email protected].

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