Family Connections receives 'Toolbox for Education' grant from Lowe's

Charone Edwards, a Family Connections liaison, shown here with CHad Reaser, Lowe’s store manager.

Family Connections, a nonprofit organization with facilities in both Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights, has taken an active role of strengthening connections among families, schools and community resources for around 30 years.

Family Connections recently became the recipient of a “Tools for Education” grant from the Lowe’s Home Improvement Corporation. The grant will support the expansion and enhancement of the parent resource center at Canterbury Elementary School with the addition of shelving, furniture, new parent lending resources (books, videos, games) and a wall mural.

Charone Edwards, a Family Connections liaison, said, “The parent resource center has been a comfortable place for parents to gather and get information and resources, but thanks to the Lowe’s grant, the center will now be more comfortable and inviting.”

Family Connections is best known for its programs for infants to preschool age children. In addition to programs at the Lee Road Library, the former Coventry School building, the Shaker Family Center, and Shaker Heights Main Library, the organization offers a variety of resources to families within the CH-UH City School District.

Family Connections has a liaison in each of the district’s seven elementary schools. The coordinator of the family-school connection program, Charniece Holmes, described the role of the liaison—to engage the family in the education of their children. Liaisons do this through several programs: Play-a-Day Family Literacy Series, Kindergarten Kickoff, PAWS home visits, and schoolwide events, such as the recent Family Literacy Carnivals.

Family Connections also has parent resource centers in each elementary school, which provide resources for families. Resources include lending materials to support learning at home. The resource centers also provide a place for parents to gather and share information.

For more information about Family Connections, call 216-321-0079.

Ashley Mankin

Ashley Mankin, a member of the AmeriCorps NEO Literacy Corps, is in the middle of a service year at Family Connections.

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