Citizens For A Better Norwood

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Invitation to 100 Best Communities Watch Party today at NMS

WHAT: NORWOOD, OH has been selected as one of the America’s Promise Alliance 2011 100 Best Communities for Young People presented by ING, a national competition to recognize local communities’ programs and initiatives aimed at supporting youth and ending the high school dropout crisis.

To celebrate this achievement, city officials, community members and students will hold a WATCH PARTY of the national announcement, which be The press release is under embargo until October 12, 2011. Students and community members have been advised that Norwood is a finalist for the 100 Best award as one of the nation’s top communities for children and youth.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 12 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Norwood Middle School auditorium, 2060 Sherman Avenue

WHY: Among the reasons Norwood, OH was selected a second year in a row as a 100 Best Community: Norwood continues to make young people a priority by developing initiatives to reduce the dropout rate, support youth activism and offer a range of educational programs. Over the past decade, the community has increased its graduation rate by 13 percent and has focused students on post-graduate goals by filling the high school walls with college banners, photos of alumni who went to college and posters about post-secondary studies and careers.

Norwood schools are also committed to offering a range of services to students of all ages including a Freshman Academy to help ninth graders with the difficult transition to high school. Local schools are using a 21st Century Learning Grant to expand services—including 70 different clubs—to elementary, middle and high school students. The community also engages students to prevent bullying and teach tolerance. This year, students from the high schools Gay/Straight Alliance sponsored a Stop Hate marketing campaign.

WHO: Participants might include:
· Mayor, city council and board of education
· School superintendent
· Civic group leaders
· Principals, teachers, parents and students

If you can't attend today's event, you can still watch the 100 Best presentation live webcast by clicking here.