Brown Middle School in Ravenna, Ohio, one of our 9 Champions Institute grant recipients, recently took home 1st place in the Youth Float Division and received the Trustees Award for Originality at the annual Ravenna Balloon-A-Fair.
“Our float was created by our Art students under the direction of our Art teacher, Lisa Mckenna. In preparation for the event, we held a Family Art night where students and their parents came in to create “Character Strength” Capes. Our kids and parents made their own capes to be worn during the parade so our students could show off their Character Strength “superpowers.” Our float was also covered in the character strengths.” said Jonathan Lane, Principal of Brown. “The school culture improvement plan is taking off at Brown and we will continue to build from here!”
“We were thrilled to hear how Brown Middle School has taken off with the Thriving Learning Communities program, involving students, parents, and the community in a large-scale celebration of strengths. Experience tells us that involving parents and community amplifies the impact of the work,” shared Lynn Ochs, Senior Program Director, Mayerson Academy.
Congratulations Champions! Following are a few photos from the event: