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Celebrations at Hannah Gibbons STEM, Harvey Rice Wraparound (videos)

Two CMSD schools had end-of-the-year celebrations on Friday, one to reflect on the semester's achievements and to reward their scholars of excellence, the other to gratefully receive support from the community that is key to The Cleveland Plan.

The students assembled Friday morning at Hannah Gibbons-STEM on Larchmont Road were focused first on the importance of perseverance, on the push for academic achievement and necessity of good citizenship and mutual respect. Until Santa showed up – and holiday bedlam broke out.
Hannah Gibbins Kindergartners shrieked in excitement as Santa stepped up to hand out the awards for students selected in each grade who showed great perseverance during the month. Each student then selected a present off the table in the center of the gymnasium.

Hannah Gibbons-STEM Principal Tamea Caver said she focuses on a different attribute each month – respect, responsibility, courage, self-discipline and perseverance.

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The students were all also decked out in T-shirts donated by the neighboring Hospice of Western Reserve, a school partner.

Hannah Gibbons-STEM School (science, technology, engineering and math) is one of five STEM preK-8 schools in the  District. The school's focus is on problem/project-based learning that provides students with opportunities to work in teams that collaboratively solve problems.

First, volunteers from the U.S. Postal Service in Cleveland – most decked out in bright red outfits and a few Santa hats – handed out 325 gifts to the students on their final day before winter break.

Lilli Page, manager of district operations, said the Postal Service had been donating gifts to a handful of CMSD schools every year since 1988 but this year selected Harvey Rice as its sole school.

The day ended with students filing into the cafeteria to pick up brand-new winter coats donated by Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church.

The District and the United Way of Greater Cleveland, which is helping to organize the delivery of community "wraparound" services at 17 schools, recently released the names of agencies  that will pair with schools.