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A Cincinnati Community School is Overcoming Poverty!


A recent article in Cincinnati’s Courier – Journal, boasts the achievements of Oyler Elementary School. In the 1990s, Oyler Elementary, one of 55 community schools in Cincinnati Public School district, was one of the most desperate schools on the Ohio River. Most students never completed tenth grade; they were missing school; and families weren’t engaged. Today, Oyler has become an exemplar of an effective community school strategy. In 2010 school, 82 percent of the students graduated. Key to their success as a community school is their deep and rich network of partnerships with community-service providers to deliver a learning environment where students and families can thrive and be successful.

The Community Learning Center Institute (CLCI) has been instrumental in coordinating the network of partners to make this success possible. The CLCI not only works with Cincinnati students, but they provide an array of services/supports to meet the needs of families and the entire community. For example, every night, Oyler serves dinner to students and families. The most inspiring aspect of CLCI’s work is that they are able to use less money, more effectively by identifying and incorporating sustainable community resources. Through the resources that Oyler has been able to leverage the school is able to provide assistance for everything subsidizing transportation costs to applying for Medicare. Darlene Kamine, Director of CLCI, estimates, "The services Oyler is offering are worth $2 to $4 million a year if they were to provide them on their own, and range from extended-day schooling to health care." Congratulations Oyler! Read the full article here.

To read a Coalition feature, showcasing Cincinnati’s community learning centers’ (a.k.a. community schools), 5th Quarter, click here.

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