United Way and CMSD partner to help students succeed by providing them with social services

CLEVELAND - The United Way of Greater Cleveland and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District have joined forces to help students succeed by teaming up with 13 community nonprofits to provide students with social services in order to reach their full potential.

The nonprofit partners, called lead agencies, will bring social service support to 17 Cleveland schools.

According to a press release, adding social service support to schools has proven successful in other communities. The services provided in each school will be tailored to the school's students, families and the surrounding community. Community resources offered may include academic support and enrichment, parent leadership and family engagement, and medical, dental, and mental health services.

"It takes support from all of us to help out kids succeed," said United Way President and CEO Bill Kitson. "The wraparound strategy enables teachers and principals to focus intently on teaching students. Integrating nonprofit services within these schools will help reduce students' learning barriers and assist them in reaching their academic goals."

United Way and CMSD will host community meetings at each school throughout December and January to inform community members about the wraparound strategy and encourage them to get involved.

More information can be found at  www.LiveUnitedForKids.org.

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