News You Can Use (Or Where To Find It)

If you’re a parent of a child in a Parma City School, PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) is the acronym that refers to the District’s anti-bullying initiative implemented several years ago and it s/b familiar to you. If not, or if you’d like more information go to any of these sites:,,
O  If your organization has a safety focus or component of any kind & you’re looking for programs, information or material visit: The initiative is a service of University Hospitals Rainbow & Children’s Hospital with the Rainbow Injury Prevention Center working with local, state and national legislators to advance the health and safety of children and families. Their web site contains a host of links to information and resources of all kinds. It’s well worth a visit. Also, membership in the coalition is Free to anyone wishing to volunteer to promote safety in NE Ohio.  Meetings are bi-monthly, generally the first Tuesday of the month @ 10:00 am at changing locations across the county.  Questions or requests for more info can be directed to Cyndee Bratz @ 440-888-8889 or
O  From the County Library…..
    >>  ASPIRE Greater Cleveland
- What used to be PCSD’s Adult Education program is now part of this service available as a result of a collaboration between CCPL, Cleveland Public Library and the County’s Dept of Job & Family Services. For more information call 833-ASPIRE2 (833.277.4732) or visit:  
    >>  Benefit Navigators -
All CCPL branches offer residents the ability to submit the documentation needed to maintain benefits by fax and/or apply online for services. Library staff are trained "Benefit Navigators," and can help residents find the online programs and applications that meet their needs.
    >>  After-School Homework Help - Students in grades K - 8 don't just do their homework in our branches. They receive free homework assistance from trained staff through our Homework Centers and Homework Mentors programs. 90 percent of parents surveyed said their child's grades improved after coming to our Homework Centers. Learn more at:
O Some FYI’s from Parma City Schools….
    >>  Focus on the Future – The first group meeting of all seven of the FOTF committees took place on  Monday, Oct 16th at Parma Sr. H.S.Attendance was strong as was participation and feedback. Additional meetings are being scheduled w/the next one set for Thursday Nov 16th. Go here to follow their progress:
   >>  If you have any used/slightly used adult sized baseball gloves collecting dust in the basement consider donating them to Shiloh Middle School. As part of their observance of Veterans Day Shiloh students will turn over donated gloves to A1 Glove Repair to be refurbished and forwarded on to military men & women serving overseas. Deadline for donations (gloves or check) is Friday, November 10.  Contact Heidi Dzur at w/questions or to schedule a pickup.
O   From the Parma Area Family Collab….
>>  The Collab is once again coordinating the community’s Holiday Adopt-a-Family Program, soliciting donors (both individuals & organizations) to adopt a family/s.  If you’re interested, please contact the Collab by Friday, November 10th at 440.887.4873 or
   >>  The Collab's next Mobile Food Pantry will be this Thursday, November 9th. During the afternoon distribution UH/Parma Medical Center, Community Health Nurses will be offering FREE blood pressure screenings and a representative from the Parma Health Ministry will be available to help folks apply for prescription assistance.
   >>  Visit the Collab’s  updated web site at:, for details about the Adopt-a –Family as well as other programs & available services. While there make your voice heard & click on the the links to either or both the PAFC Satisfaction or Neighborhood surveys.

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Activist

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 4:48 PM, 11.01.2017