Opinion: Tiger Nation wants you

Tiger Nation yard signs are available for $10 and can be purchased from any PTA in the CH-UH school district.

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District has a tiger as the district mascot and is known as Tiger Nation. Current and past students and school staff are fondly known as Heights Tigers. Are you a Heights Tiger, too?

If you live within the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District, your property taxes fund the public schools. You are a Heights Tiger. If you work for or own a business within the CH-UH school district, your business taxes support our public schools. You are a Heights Tiger, too.                       

If you are a taxpayer, or school volunteer, you are invested in the Heights schools. No matter where you send or sent your children to school, or if you have no children, you are invited to learn more about the CH-UH public schools. Attend CH-UH Board of Education meetings, enjoy school sports competitions and musical productions and concerts.

The district communications department distributes more than 50 stories a month about successful alumni, sports teams’ championships, award winning vocal and instrumental musicians, and outstanding school staff and students. It also broadcasts announcements of upcoming forums, new teaching strategies, updated technology, and PTA events that welcome community engagement in every building. Visit the district website at www.chuh.org to read these articles and sign-up to receive the district’s e-mail newsletter.

The CH-UH Board of Education meets twice a month on the first and third Tuesday. Go to the website and click on Board of Education to confirm the dates, times, locations and meeting agendas.

The Heights Observer includes regular columns from Ari Klein, president of the teachers union, and from Susie Kaeser, former executive director of Reaching Heights and board member of Parents for Public Schools. Community members also write articles about the CH-UH public schools that are published in the printed and online newspapers and in the weekly e-newsletters. Visit www.heightsobserver.org and click on “Get the E-newsletter” to sign-up to receive this timely bulletin.

Reaching Heights, a nonprofit focused on connecting the community to the CH-UH public schools, also publishes a monthly e-mail newsletter. Go to www.reachingheights.org and click on “Get Involved” and then on the green bar to “Sign-Up for Email News.”

Public schools belong to all of us and they benefit all of us. An educated community is healthier, happier, more prosperous, and safer to live in. By accessing these sources of information, you help to support more than 5,200 of the community’s children.

Krista Hawthorne

Krista Hawthorne is executive director of Reaching Heights and a proud Heights Tiger.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 2:22 PM, 09.03.2018