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Stay in the Game! Keep Learning, Every Day

Today, many families struggle getting students to school or getting students to engage in remote education opportunities consistently. For instance, during the 2018-2019 school year, 16.7 percent (more than 277,000) of Ohio's K-12 students – many of whom are among our most vulnerable – missed 10 percent of the school year (18 days or more) and were chronically absent. This is too much missed learning and missed opportunity. Students who miss school or do not log in and fully participate in remote education opportunities are especially susceptible to becoming chronically absent and falling behind in school. Chronic absence, especially in the early grades, can signal future high-risk patterns such as students not being on track for reading proficiently by the end of third grade, students failing courses in middle school and high schoolers not graduating.

To help our families, schools and community partners tackle this problem, a team of unique partners – the Cleveland Browns Foundation, Ohio Department of Education and Harvard University's Proving Ground – joined forces at the state level to launch the Stay in the Game! Network. The Network's singular aim: student success, which begins with engaged learners who attend school every day, if possible, and fully participate and engage in remote education.

In the 2020-2021 school year, the Stay in the Game! Network will partner with 16 school districts, benefitting more than 110,000 students in Ohio. An adaptation of the Get 2 School, Stay in the Game! Network, the name change reflects the current environment where schools may not necessarily be able to host in-school learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. No matter the circumstances, the Stay in the Game! Network will continue to encourage and support students to maintain a strong educational-going mindset to keep learning, every day, aligned with its overall goal to help end chronic absenteeism and provide all students equal opportunities to be successful.

All Ohio school districts are invited to join the Network at no cost by registering at Get2School.org. Network members will receive FREE access to attendance-related supports, tools and Browns campaign materials.

All learnings gleaned from improvement efforts through school districts partnerships will be shared broadly across the Network, benefitting all schools and districts that are members.

Learn more by visiting Get2School.org or by clicking here.

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Ginn Academy

Browns Give Back supports the Ginn Academy's Life Coaches program. Ginn Academy was founded in 2007 by Ted Ginn, Sr., and is the only all-male public high school in Ohio. The Ginn Academy aims to educate the children, address attendance, academic, social and emotional needs by assigning each student a Life Coach.

Life Coaches provide dedicated support 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Due to the structure and their support, Life Coaches help impact student achievement and graduation rates by assisting students to realize the value of their education and eliminating obstacles and distractions that prevent kids from succeeding. The Ginn Academy boasts a 95% high school graduation rate and 83% of students go on to attend college, enter the workforce or enter the military.

To learn more about the Ginn Academy's Life Coaches program, click here.

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Marion Motley Scholarship

The Cleveland Browns Foundation – in partnership with College Now Greater Cleveland – offers at $10,000 college scholarship each year to two lucky Northeast Ohio high school students in honor of former Cleveland Browns fullback Marion Motley. Since the inception of the program, the Browns Foundation has awarded $280,000 in scholarship funds to 28 deserving students. To learn more and apply online, visit collegenowgc.org.

The Cleveland Browns Foundation Marion Motley Scholarship was named after one of the Browns' 16 Pro Football Hall of Famers, former fullback Marion Motley. One of the first African-Americans to integrate professional football in 1946, Motley overcame many obstacles on his way to 3,024 yards and 31 touchdowns in four championship seasons in the AAFC, and another 1,688 yards and eight touchdowns in five years in the NFL. Motley was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968 and the Cleveland Browns' Ring of Honor in 2010.

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Special Teams Package

Shoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K), Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) and the Cleveland Browns Foundation teamed up to remove clothing as a barrier to school attendance by delivering school uniforms, casual clothes and school supplies to Cleveland students experiencing economic hardship.

The clothing program is called "Special Teams Package" and provides a customized package containing three school uniforms, one casual outfit, a shoe gift card and school supplies to students demonstrating a need and identified by the CMSD. New in 2020, the package has been modified to support hygiene products and other school supplies necessary for remote learning.

To date, the Cleveland Browns Foundation has supported 9,000 Cleveland students through the Special Teams Package program and CMSD tracks attendance for students receiving a clothing package as part of the attendance campaign efforts. Attendance data is used to evaluate the impact of the clothing program on school attendance and shows attendance increasing between 3-25% the following month after receiving a Special Teams Package.

To learn more about Shoe and Clothes for Kids, click here.

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