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More re: Human Trafficking
Visit the State of Ohio’s Human Trafficking Task Force Web site for Related Information and Available Resources…..

    >>  Go here:  to review a Toolkit for Serving Survivors of Trafficking in Ohio
    >>  Go here: for an extensive list of available, free online training modules from NHTH & HHS   
>>  Go here: to view the training  video on Human Trafficking Awareness for Educators.

Watch for more information re Human Trafficking in the next issue.

Compliments of the Imagine Foundation.

The Parma Heights PACT (Police & Community Together) Youth Group:
      >>  A special thank you to everyone who donated personal care items for the group’s “Comeback Kits” for the homeless project. The kits were assembled by the kids & delivered to the City Mission for distribution to their homeless population. The community’s financial support is always appreciated & can be made by check payable to the Parma Height Police Department, memo’d “PACT Youth Group.
      >>  All
area students ages 12 -17 are welcome to join. For announcements & detailed information visit the PACT Facebook page at:; email:; ph: 440.884.1235.

O  From Parma Area Chamber of Commerce….
      >>  The ever popular Annual Christmas Parade
is scheduled to step off at 2:00 pm, Sunday, Dec 8th. It’ll start by Stearns Farm, head north on Ridge Rd. to end at Ridgewood Golf Course where a host of special, special family oriented holiday activities will be offered.

O  From Parma City Schools:

     >>  Ridge-Brook Elementary needs COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS to support their Project MORE (Mentoring in Ohio for Reading Excellence), 1:1 reading mentoring program for 3rd grade students. The school is looking to begin the program on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 12:15-1:15 beginning the week of January 14th (note change in time/day previously reported). This is a great program but needs volunteers to fully realize its potential. Please call the school at 440.885.2350 to let them know your available. Project MORE is hosted throughout the district. However, each elementary building hosts on various days and times. If you would prefer volunteering at another building simply give the school a call & and indicate your interest.
As of November 15th the “Open Enrollment” program has been re-named “Parma School of Choice”. New procedures more clearly define how the district will move forward w/requests to transfer current students in grades K - 12 between schools. The application process runs from Nov 15 to Jan 15 and is made via an online, digital form. Note also that the “Special Transfer” process has changed slightly. Visit for details.
  The district has been selected as adrop-off location for this year’s “Operation Toy Soldier”. This nation-wide initiative provides toys to children of soldiers deployed, non-deployed or who have just returned home. You’re invited to drop off unwrapped toys (age range between 5 – 10) at the Admin Bldg. lobby (5311 Longwood Ave.) from7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday thru Friday through Dec. 18th. All toys collected will benefit the USO of Northern Ohio & will go to local families in the Cleveland area.
.    >>  Parma Parent University….PCSD & Tri-C have teamed up to offer free, informative & entertaining workshops for parents w/students in the district. The next session is scheduled for Dec 5th  from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Parma Sr. H.S. Topic: Crises Intervention: What Parents Need to Know. Call Audrey Holtzman at 440.885.8334 to register. Visit to learn more.
  Take advantage of “Donuts wth Dr. Smialek”, a once-a-month opportunity for a donut, coffee & an informal conversation with the Superintendent. The next two sessions are scheduled for: 7:30 am, Mon., Dec. 02, at Royal Donuts, 5759 State Rd. and 8:00 am, Mon, Jan. 13, at 6317 Pearl Rd.
     >>  Re: Strategic Consolidation:
  The final 2 Strategic Consolidation meetings for the year are scheduled as follows: Monday, 12/2/19, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM at Parma Senior High School & Saturday, Dec. 7th,  9:00 am – 10:00 am at the Administration Building, Board Meeting Room.
              >  Strategic Consolidation Option II survey…. Review the various options and register your preference.  Visit and click on the Strategic Consolidation link on the left side menu bar. A link to the survey is at the top of the page.
      >>  Mark your calendar for the 3rd of 4 Town Hall meetings scheduled for Wed., Mar. 6th  at Parma-Snow Library, Conf. Rm A/B, 2121 Snow Rd., beginning at 6:30 pm.
O  From the City of Parma….
Go here: to view the Final Draft of the Parma Town Center Strategic Master Plan.

O  From The Center for Community Solutions….
Census 2020 will determine where more than $675 billion in federal funding goes. Our region will lose $18,000 for every person not counted. Learn more here:

O  From GrantSpace by CANDID…
Since many of you work for, are affiliated with or are interested in nonprofit organizations, I thought you might find this information extracted from their most recent e-newsletter of value…
          >  Free Webinar….Intro to Proposal Writing; 2 – 3:00 pm, Wed., Dec. 4th;
          >  Articles & Videos….
              o  The Wrong Question to Ask About Starting a Nonprofit - Article
              o  How to Find Grants for My Nonprofit - Video
              o  Is Starting a Nonprofit Right for You – Video
      >>  And speaking of grants…. ALDI’s grocery chain is inviting applications for grants up to $5,000 for its Aldi’s “Smart Kids” program.
Applicants must be 501(c)(3) tax exempt, or be a publicly funded service agency, a public or private K-12 school, or a faith-based organization that benefits children. To get started, Visit to see the guidelines and FAQ, then sign up for an account and complete the application for consideration. This grant program is open from February 1 – December 15 each year.

O  Introducing “Image Clear Ultrasound”….
This is a relatively new, unique organization in the area offering “….confidential & compassionate medical care to women and families facing unintended pregnancy.” Click here for details:

O  From PCSD Connects (formally CBS Connects):

      >>  Go here: for information regarding job availability, workforce development related programs, tours  of local businesses and special events, i.e.: Entrepreneur Day with links to connect directly w/school counselors.  Click on the “Gear-up” graphic to learn about all the college admission/scholarship assistance services that also are available for your child.

O  From the Parma Area Family Collab:
     >>  The Mobile Food Pantry is now on its winter break & will resume in May.
     >>  Volunteers needed…..the Clothing Center, every Thursday from 2 – 4 pm and other special programs, i.e.: Belle of the Ball, Back to Schools Supply Drive, Coats for Kids, Holiday events, others. Call or visit web site.
     >>  For information re area resources click on the RESOURCES tab on their web site ( and watch for any additional and/or changes in programs/services, etc.

O   From the Parma Area MyCom Neighborhood (PAMN):
     >>  If you know of any students interested in participating on the PAMN Youth Council contact Julia Boxler, CCPL Youth Programming Mgr at or ph: 216.749.9401.
     >>  The PAMN is looking for a new Coordinator. If you, or if you know of anyone who may be qualified and interested give Ms. Boxler a call.

O  From the Parma-Snow Library:
     >>  Go here: to display their event calendar for the current month.
     >>  HOMEWORK MENTOR -  free after-school homework help available Monday – Thursday, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m..  Our trained mentor provides students in grades K- 8 with homework assistance after school.
     >>  Kids Café - During the school year we collaborate with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to provide children with healthy meals.  Monday – Friday, 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. while supplies last.
     >>  There will be no regular Story Times for the month of December. They will start up again the week of January 6, 2020. 
     >>  Adapted Storytime for children 3 – 5 years with caregiver. Monday, December 2, 10:00 am. Children with varying learning styles and abilities will learn together in a safe, supportive environment where respect and appreciation for differences is encouraged. Register at:
      >>  Book Busters Tuesday, December 10, 6:30PM.Story Time & Talk for School-agers!  Kids in grades K-2nd are invited to bring a special grown-up to an evening of reading, discussion, snacks, and activities focused around great books. Come ready to chat & participate. Register at .
     >>  Outback Ray's Amazing Animal Show Saturday, December 14: 12:00PM. Join us for a fun, exciting and educational look at exotic animals. This hands-on show is entertaining for kids of all ages. Register at:

O  From the Parma Branch Library (Powers Blvd.):

      >>  Go here: to display their event calendar for the current month.
      >>  The Homework Center is now open….Monday through Thursday,  4 – 5:15 pm or 5:15 – 6:30 pm. For students K – 8. Registration is required; call 440.885.5362 or
O  From the
Parma Hts. Branch Library:
  >>  Go here:  to display their event calendar for the current month.

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Youth Advocate

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 2:02 PM, 11.30.2019