St. Barnabas is a school that strives to build self-confidence, inspire Christian values and empower students with skills, knowledge and enthusiasm for life-long learning.
The mission of St. Barnabas is to provide guidance of the Holy Spirit, and in partnership with the parish community, nurture the seeds of faith and learning, cultivate the tree of knowledge and follow the path of Christ while serving others.
The curriculum followed at St. Barnabas School is written by the Diocese of Cleveland and based on the Ohio Department of Education state standards. It is an enriched curriculum, infused with Gospel values across all subject areas. A wide variety of co-curricular activities enhance our students’ experiences. These experiences include Academic Challenge, Drama Club, Science Olympiad, Power of the Pen, Ski Club, Band, Choir, Robotics Club, Engineering Team, Rosary Club, and SBS-TV our in-house news station.
St. Barnabas School is a special place!
To learn more, visit sbcatholicschool.com
Julie Billiart School was founded more than 60 years ago by the Sisters of Notre Dame. Originally located on the campus at the Notre Dame Academy on Ansel Road in Cleveland, JB was the first school in the area that provided a Catholic education for students with learning differences. Opening its’ doors to 16 junior high students on September 8, 1954, JB quickly outgrew the original school and relocated to the Arter Mansion on Clubside Road in Lyndhurst. Increasing enrollment led to building expansions in 1970 (gymnasium), 1979 (four classrooms) and in 2006 when the mansion underwent a 16,000 square foot addition (5 classrooms/resource rooms and an art room). Today the Lyndhurst campus includes 9 classrooms for 128 students, an art room, library, music room, chapel, administrative and advancement offices, gymnasium, and a small convent.
In July of 2017, President Lannie Davis-Frecker, along with the Board of Directors and the Sisters of Notre Dame announced the formation of the Julie Billiart Network. Publically known as Julie Billiart Schools, the network serves as the supporting body of all our learning facilities.
We are proud to have opened our first expansion school in Akron, Ohio for the 2017-2018 academic year. As a ministry of St. Sebastian Parish, Julie Billiart School-Akron operates independent of the parish and their day school but has received much-appreciated guidance and direction from the church and its parishioners. The school initially opened its doors to students grades K-2, and will add grades 3-8 over the course of the next two years.
Additional schools for children with autism, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and social learning challenges are slated to open throughout Northeast Ohio by August 2025.
To learn more, please visit JulieBilliartSchool.org
Cornerstone of Hope was founded in 2003 as a place where those grieving the death of a loved one can come to find support and healing. Christi and Mark Tripodi sought help after the death of their three-year-old son, Bobby, however what they found was a significant lack of community grief support options. They created Cornerstone of Hope so families would have the opportunity to embrace their life and find hope. Over the past 13 years, Cornerstone of Hope has served more than 28,000 individuals in Northeastern and Central Ohio.
As the programs have grown at Cornerstone, so has the need for additional space and resources for families. A playground built in memory of George Teconchuk, Jr. will serve as an outdoor area for grieving children and teens. The playground will include areas of play therapy along with space for camps and support groups. Through donations from Little Helping Hands along with PASCO®, this playground will break ground in spring 2017.
Cornerstone of Hope, a center for grieving children, teen and adults with offices in Cleveland and Columbus, was established as a nonprofit organization in 2003 by Christi and Mark Tripodi in memory of their 3-year-old son, Bobby, who died suddenly in 2000. Cornerstone of Hope’s mission is to provide support, education and hope for those who seek help after the death of a loved one. The core programs for those grieving include counseling, art therapy, support groups, bereavement camps, and an inner-city grief program. Cornerstone of Hope also provides continuing education classes for the professional community and mobilizes on-site crisis teams in the event of school tragedies. Since its founding, Cornerstone of Hope has served more than 28,000 individuals, and its 11-member clinical staff has over 100 years of combined experience in grief counseling and community interventions. In 2014, the nonprofit was featured on Animal Planet’s “Treehouse Masters,” in which Pete Nelson and his crew built a butterfly-themed treehouse on Cornerstone’s property for grieving children.
To learn more, please visit cornerstoneofhope.org
St. Matthew Parish School in West Akron was founded in 1943. The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland established St. Matthew Parish, the seventeenth parish in Akron. Today with a strong curriculum in religion, technology, science and math, St. Matthew Parish School engages students to reach their potential in a challenging yet compassionate environment where innovation, 21st-century skills and collaboration help our students succeed.
St. Matthew’s attracts students from over ten area communities, and the majority of its graduates matriculate to area Catholic high schools such as Archbishop Hoban, Our Lady of the Elms, St. Vincent – St. Mary and Walsh Jesuit.
The mission of St. Matthew Parish School is to teach Gospel Values in a disciplined community of academic excellence. St. Matthew Parish School nurtures and challenges its students to realize their unique abilities and talents in a caring faith environment.
St. Matthew Parish School seeks to become a community of faith in which the Christian message, the experience of community worship, and social concern are integrated in the total experience of the students, their parents, and members of the faculty. We believe God’s unconditional love for all humanity. We are sensitive to the mandate of Jesus to “Love one another as I have loved you” as the goal toward which Catholic education aims.
The playground equipment was installed at the school in Akron, Ohio by PASCO® employees, family and friends with the direction of Meyer’s Design, on September 17, 2016.
Metro Catholic School on Cleveland’s Near West Side is an elementary school of the Diocese of Cleveland and a ministry of the Sisters of Notre Dame. Metro Catholic was formed in 1988 from the successful merger of three inner city parish schools: St. Boniface, St. Michael, and St. Stephen.
Currently Metro Catholic serves 565 students from Preschool to Grade 8, located at two campuses: St. Boniface and St. Stephen. Most important – Metro Catholic successfully educates Cleveland’s urban youth.
Metro Catholic is the only Cleveland Catholic elementary school with extensive programs to assist refugee students and those with cognitive learning disabilities. We are especially proud of our very diverse student population.
Metro Catholic is A National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, A National Green Ribbon School and a member of Schools That Can, a national network of high-preforming schools operating in urban neighborhoods. All instructors are certified/ licensed by the State of Ohio. The staff includes specialists for art, music, computer, enrichment and special education plus many support staff and tutors.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel is located within the Gordon Square Arts District. The Gordon Square Arts District is the economic cornerstone of Cleveland;s West Side where a powerful combination of housing, new businesses, the arts and neighborhood beautification are sparking the development of new jobs for residents. Our Lady of Mount Carmel School is based on Gospel values and belief that Catholic Education provides: core foundation for individuals to become Disciples of Christ, building integrity, compassion, mercy, empathy, selflessness, and forgiveness. As well as the basic structure in which one learns and discovers about oneself as made in the image and likeness of God. OLOMC offers after school care, early childhood programs and a school from elementary school age to Junior High School.
Cleveland Catholic Charities, has been in existence for 100 years serving the people of the Diocese of Cleveland in Ashland, Wayne, Medina, Summit, Lake, Geauga, Lorain, and Cuyahoga. As an organization, we have continually evolved to better serve children and families, older adults, individuals with disabilities, and people needing emergency assistance. Catholic Charities Community Services offers a wide variety off services. Our family centers focus on the strength of each individual and family and offer programs to future educate, inform, entertain, and provide for residents in their neighborhoods. Out early learning centers and Head Start programs provide stimulating activities in a child-centered environment that prepare children for kindergarden and beyond. Services provided in outlying counties include, but are not limited to mental health counseling, service for older adults, prevention programs, employment services for teens, hot meals, pantry and emergency services. Our Employment and Training office helps people prepare for job searches, and identify potential employers and assist in placing individuals in jobs.
The playground equipment was installed at the Community Center site in downtown Cleveland by PASCO® employees, family and friends with the direction of Meyer’s Design on September 21, 2013.
The Achievement Centers for Children was chosen as PASCO®‘s 2012 Corporate Charity. Achievement Centers for Children is a Cleveland, Ohio based non-profit organization that serves families dealing with a wide spectrum of disabilities, including an increasing number of children with autism. Their programs are divided into five key areas: Education, Autism Services, Therapy Services, Family Support Services, and Recreation/ Adapted Sports. The Achievement Centers for Children is the only service provider of its kind in Northeast Ohio that provides such a broad and comprehensive range of services and supports for children with all types of disabilities, including (but not limited to) cerebral palsy, spina bifida, seizure disorders, autism, developmental delays, speech or hearing impairments, and/ or other physical, cognitve or emotional challenges.
The handicapped accessible swing-set was installed at the Achievement Center’s Camp Cheerful site in Strongsville, Ohio by PASCO® employees, family and friends, along with Meyer Design, on September 22, 2012.
PASCO®‘s 2011 Charity efforts is in support of the Rose-Mary Rehabilitation and Education Center. Located in Euclid, Ohio the center provides residential services and programs for children and adults diagnosed with intellectual disabilities. In addition to the main campus which serves children, Rose-Mary manages seven group homes for adults throughout Cuyahoga County. Services are provided under the guidance of a professional team consisting of physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, and Qualified Mental Retardation Professionals (QMRP). Rose-Mary Center offers day, overnight, before-and after-school respite programs as well as a summer camp program. The Rose-Mary Center is the only Catholic, faith-based residential program for persons with intellectual disabilities in Northeast Ohio. Established in 1922 to provide services to children, the Center expanded its mission to serve children with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities in 1967. In 1988, with the addition of group home management for adults diagnosed with intellectual disabilities, the Center completed its continuum of care from young children to the elderly.
ACCESS, INC. was chosen as PASCO®‘s 2010 coporate charity. ACCESS, Inc. is dedicated to addressing the plight of homeless women and children in the Akron community. The agency encourages the development of self-esteem and the attainment of self-sufficiency through its commitment of providing a holistic, safe and supportive environment, and through its programs of housing, advocacy and empowerment. The playground was constructed by PASCO® employees, family and friends, along with Meyer Design, on September 25-26, 2010.
AKRON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FAMILY CHILD LEARNING CENTER: Akron Children’s Hospital Family Child Learning Center was chosen as PASCO®‘s 2009 charity. The Family Child Learning Center is a research and training program center that is committed to developing, evaluating and disseminating innovative services for young children with developmental disabilities and their families. The playground was constructed by PASCO® employees, family and friends, along with Meyer Design, on September 26-27, 2009.
KING KENNEDY COMMUNITY CENTER: King Kennedy center was chosen by the employees of PASCO® in 2008 to provide a new playground to the children of Ravenna Township. The playground was completed on September 20 and 21, 2008.
ST. ROCCO’S EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING CENTER: PASCO® approached St. Rocco’s Parish in 2006 to provide a playground for the parish’s new Early Childhood Learning Center. In August 2006, while plans for the playground at the parish’s new Learning Center were being worked out, PASCO® employees helped with the setup of the parish’s annual Italian festival. In September 2007, employees joined together and helped build the playground, which is now used by the pre-school children of St. Rocco’s school.
PREGNANCY SUPPORT CENTER: PASCO® approached the Pregnancy Support Center of Stark County to provide quality playground equipment for the children they served. PASCO® employees helped with spring cleanup and spent a weekend at PSC to help build the playground. The playground is used today with Client Education Classes to provide childcare.
ST. AUGUSTINE: St. Augustine’s Child Enrichment Center was long awaiting a playground, which included a special play area for children from toddlers through pre-schoolers to meet today’s standards for safety and accessibility. PASCO® employees raised $30,000 toward the $40,000 Playground Project and spent a weekend on Campus to help build the playground. Parents and teachers raised the additional $10,000 needed to complete the project.
PROVIDENCE HOUSE: Providence House, located on Cleveland’s west side, is Ohio’s only licensed crisis nursery. The 26-bed facility cares for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers through age five who either have been, or are at risk of, being abused, neglected or abandoned. Our pledge, along with additional grant monies, provided three unique outside play areas for these youngsters to enjoy during their stay.