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CMSD honors Browns owner Dee Haslam

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District has honored Cleveland Browns owner Dee Haslam with an award that recognizes her pioneering support of urban education.

Haslam was surprised with the “Visionary Award” during the 2017 Chronic Absenteeism Summit, which CMSD hosted Thursday at FirstEnergy Stadium.

CMSD thanks the Cleveland Browns for commitment to Get2School campaign
The Cleveland Browns Foundation serves as the signature partner in CMSD’s ongoing “Get 2 School. You Can Make It!” attendance campaign, which last year helped reduce chronic absenteeism in the District by 6.3 percent.

The Browns work hand in hand with CMSD to help solve the problem and remove barriers for students who are chronically absent from school, which is defined as missing at least 10 percent of the school year for any reason. Studies show that for CMSD students, missing even 10 days has a significant negative impact on test scores and puts students at risk of not graduating.

“It’s really an honor to be recognized with this award by CMSD, but the true visionaries are CEO Eric Gordon, CMSD staff and educators across the district who are making a tremendous difference in Cleveland students’ lives and futures in our city each day,” said Haslam. “The Browns are extremely proud and fortunate to partner with CMSD and to support its commitment to improving educational opportunities and resources, including through emphasizing the importance of school attendance for academic and personal success.”

The Foundation has provided technical advice to the campaign and arranged for Browns players to promote attendance with school visits and automated phone calls.

Lack of suitable clothes can often prevent children from attending school. To help, the Foundation gave $100,000 to Shoes and Clothes for Kids, which used the money to provide up to 2,000 children with “Special Teams Packages” containing school uniforms and other clothing.

Adequate transportation can be another barrier, so Dee Haslam and her husband, Jimmy, recently enlisted the University of Tennessee Logistics Department to study CMSD’s transportation system and recommend improvements.

The Browns plan to begin work soon on the last two of five synthetic-turf fields and scoreboards donated for Senate Athletic League football and soccer teams as well as youth football teams.