WEWS NewsChannel5 awards $15,000 in grants to two northeast Ohio educational programs

CLEVELAND - The WEWS Community Grant Fund, which is part of The Scripps Howard Foundation, donated a total of $15,000 to help support two local educational programs in northeast Ohio.

On Tuesday, WEWS General Manager Sam Rosenwasser awarded two checks to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Seeds of Literacy.

The first check for $5,000 was presented to Seeds of Literacy Executive Director Bonnie Entler. Seeds of Literacy offers free one-on-one tutoring in basic education and GED preparation to adults in Cuyahoga County. The organization serves more than 1,000 students with help from more than 200 volunteer tutors. The program is the only free accredited adult literacy program in Cuyahoga County and is only one of two in Ohio. The grant will help support adult education and tutoring program.

The second check for $10,000 was presented to the Rock Hall's Vice President for Development Greg Harris. The grant will be divided in half to fund two of the Rock Hall's educational programs – "Rockin' the Schools" and "On the Road."

"Rockin' the Schools" is a free, one-hour class aimed at sparking students' interests in a variety of subjects ranging from science and technology to math and language arts. The program provides pre and post-class study materials and student guidebooks. In the last year, the program  had more than 18,000 students and teachers attend at least one "Rockin' the Schools" class.

The Rock Hall's second educational program, "On the Road," is a distance learning program that keeps its class size to 30 or fewer students. The two-way conferencing sessions are now broadcast to fourth through 12th graders, college classes, libraries, assisted living centers and correctional facilities. The Rock Hall's education staff has presented more than 250 classes to groups across the nation and around the world including Puerto Rico, Australia and Guatemala.

"We're honored," said Harris after accepting the check on behalf of the Rock Hall's programs. "We're doing it through rock 'n' roll … to get people inspired with learning."

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