Gesu School wraps up spring season with 33rd annual Hike for Hunger
Gesu Catholic School students raised more than $14,000 in the school’s annual Hike for Hunger, held on May 19 this year. In the event’s 33 years, Gesu students have raised more than $370,000 to support a variety of social service agencies that help the poor and homeless, both locally and internationally.
University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld, speaking at the event’s kick-off ceremony, congratulated the students on their continued efforts and dedication to making the world a better place.
The Hike for Hunger was part of an eventful spring at University Heights’ Gesu School.
Phase two of its STREAM Center opened on April 27. This newly remodeled area includes two makerspaces filled with equipment for turning creative ideas into reality. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade have been using the new spaces to make math manipulatives, create undersea models with the 3D printers and etch glassware with the laser cutter.
In early May, Cleveland Clinic’s Office of Government & Community Relations’ Civic Education Department designated Gesu a 2016–17 Cleveland Clinic Banner School.
“This award recognizes Gesu’s noteworthy success in leveraging community resources to advance student learning,” said Bryan Pflaum, director of Cleveland Clinic’s civic engagement department. Two teachers at the school, Karen Straub (art) and Marjorie Gessner (STREAM coordinator), were recognized for “demonstrating an exceptional commitment to student enrichment.”
Marjorie Gessner is STREAM coordinator at Gesu School in University Heights.