Head of School Corner
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
As we head into this holiday weekend I want to wish your family all the best as we think about gratitude and all that we should appreciate in our lives. Something that I feel particularly positive about at this time is that our community, with the help of our Kent State University teachers in training, is continuing our partnership with Haven of Rest. Haven of Rest is Summit County’s largest homeless shelter. We are supporting their work by asking families to donate new socks and undergarments for men, women and children. Reverend Ben Walker, who was the former Executive Director and a current Board Member at Haven of Rest, helped identify this need at the shelter and was a featured speaker at our TGIS assembly last week. He helped our kids appreciate that some people, and in particular kids, do not always have the security to know where they will sleep and where they might get their next meal. He was very thankful that we are supporting their work with this vulnerable population.
He also shared with our students that our school’s namesake, Jerry Lippman, was a frequent volunteer at Haven of Rest and that GOJO Industries continues to support Haven of Rest in many ways. I shared with our students that I was fortunate to have known Jerry, and know that when he became successful he felt compelled to give back to his community (the Jewish community) and the community in which he lived (Akron and literally around the world). His philanthropy and the example he set are values that are important to our school and we hope through service projects we can help our students understand and live these values.
Often, people whose families are positively affected by being a part of our community feel gratitude and want to give back. I am pleased to inform you that Trish and Steve Crane (parents of Sami and Alisha Crane who graduated some years ago) are putting together a challenge grant that will be available on Giving Tuesday. Trish is also one of our past Board Presidents and remains closely connected to our Northern Cheyenne Project. She visited the reservation this spring with an adult group from our community. To help further support this initiative, and as a way to show her appreciation for Lippman, her family is offering a $1000 challenge grant that our community will be able to match dollar-for-dollar on Tuesday, November 28, Giving Tuesday. Information on how to participate will be sent out on Tuesday. The Crane family has done so much for Lippman and we appreciate their continued support as an alum family.
Have a wonderful holiday weekend.