Back in the spring of 2015, Community Learning Center (CLC) began working with the We Believe in Me Foundation (WBIM) to help talented young athletes who did not have the academic scores necessary for admission to college. Brenda McCarthy and Jerry Wunsch, co-founders of We Believe in Me, have been working with CLC staff to get students qualified. Jerry was an offensive lineman for 9 seasons in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Bucs and the Seattle Seahawks.
Our Community Learning Center and We Believe in Me athletes have been working hard to improve their skills, and therefore their grades. Here is a success from of one of our student athletes:
“The Community Learning Center has helped me tremendously. Before I joined this family, I was struggling but I fought my way through and started studying and focusing on my grades and the ACT test all summer. I did virtual classes while others were having fun and enjoying their summer.
I got B’s in a full year of English. Without any of these people that entered my life, I would not be going to the University of Akron.
These people are great and they love their jobs. They worked to help me prepare for the ACT and earn a score of 24, which is excellent!
Thanks to everyone who believed in me and never gave up on me!”–D.G. (Teen Athlete Student)
Kristen HarperCommunity Learning Center and We Believe in Me
Author Neal Fox attended our March Free Books and Art for Kids event to do a book reading for our families. His book, It’s Weird to Grow a Beard, is a collection of 17 funny and inspiring poems for kids of all ages.
Each child who attended the event was able to pick out five gently-used books to take home. They also enjoyed doing art, listening to music, playing Musical Chairs for prizes and eating baked goods donated by Frida’s Cafe and Bakery.