School of One, new bike keep student on track (video)
That’s a day that Edward’s aunt Dianna Hill didn’t think she would see at several points over the last year.
First, in January 2014, Edward lost his beloved grandfather, who had been his guardian, then his driver’s license after a car accident in May, and finally school. Edward said he was removed from a trade school in Belmont, Ohio, because of excessive absences.
His aunt says he weighed about 320 lbs., carried a grade-point average below 1.0, was failing miserably and feeling lost, she said.
“I had missed a lot of days because I was taking my ‘Pap’ up here to Cleveland for treatments,” he said Friday. “Then, I was really upset when he died and didn’t want to go to school as much.”
He said he had started to ride his bike last summer while still living in central Ohio – “just to go fishing, that kind of thing,” – but continued to ride after he moved to Cleveland in December.
That’s when he landed at Dianna Hill’s home on West 117th Street. With no car and no driver's license, Edward began to bicycle to the school on West 30th. His attitude and health were improving -- he has dropped nearly 60 lbs. -- but his schoolwork was still not very good, Dianna Hill said.
That’s when Simeone, a CMSD teacher since 2001, stepped in.
CMSD student excels at School of One, gets new bike
CMSD, the Cleveland Police and a local bike shop gave Edward Lee Hill II new bike on Friday, but the District's innovative School of One had already put him squarely on the road to graduation. Read the full story on the CMSD News Bureau site: http://clevelandmetroschools.org/domain/409Posted by Cleveland Metropolitan School District on Monday, March 30, 2015