Josh Cribbs and Chomps surprised students at Louisa May Alcott Elementary School with new bikes as part of the Get 2 School You Can Make It! program.
Browns Give Back's donation of 100 bicycles and 75 rocking chairs was highlighted during an open house at Louisa May Alcott Elementary on Wednesday evening. The donated bikes and rocking chairs that were assembled by team employees earlier this summer.
It's all part of the team's support of CMSD's "Get 2 School. You Can Make It!" attendance campaign, which aims to get students in the classroom and keep them there.
Browns Give Back serves as the signature partner of the campaign, and works with the district to promote a culture of strong school attendance, remove attendance barriers and support engagement opportunities for students to thrive.
Former Browns standout and coaching intern Josh Cribbs helped distribute the bikes and chairs to students with improved or perfect attendance so far this school year. He also spoke to the group about the importance of school attendance and its powerful correlation with academic success.
Why bicycles and rocking chairs? The former help CMSD students break down something of a transportation barrier to getting to school every day and the latter encourage reading and student engagement.
Since the inception of "Get 2 School. You Can Make It!," the district has reduced the number of off-track students by nearly 22 percent.
That means 4,100 students have improved their attendance habits against the baseline average, significantly increasing their chances to graduate and succeed academically.
CMSD students with on-track attendance (missing less than 10 days of school each year) are 34 percent more likely to graduate high school.
Earlier this year, the Browns hosted their second-annual "Summer Blitz," where staff members put together bicycles and built rocking chairs among other activities aimed at serving the Cleveland community.