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Middle School Civic Engagement

 Overview: Hathaway Brown has a long tradition of community service dating back more than a century. Each year Middle School students participate in a wide variety of hands-on service projects as well as outreach and fundraising initiatives. In addition, the Middle School has a student-run foundation, Girls Reaching Others Worldwide (GROW), which since 2000 has raised more than $53,000 and awarded approximately $43,000 in grants to various organizations serving the larger community. Partnerships with community organizations and hands-on involvement encourage our Middle School girls to develop an early interest in helping others and making a difference.

Curricular Connections

Savvy Citizens Academy
  • Engages 7th and 8th graders with the city of Cleveland via hands-on explorations of Cleveland neighborhoods, educational programs and service projects.
  • Building on our school wide theme "Education as Empowerment," academy members become better informed about Cleveland and become advocates on behalf of the city.
Instrumental Ensemble
  • Partners with the Sunbeam School, a school for children with disabilities in the Cleveland Municipal School District.
  • Orchestra members perform for the students and hold a "Meet the Instruments" session.

Student Leadership

  • Girls Reaching Others Worldwide (GROW) is HB's student-run foundation.
  • Since 2000, GROW has raised more than $45,000 and awarded $35,000 in grants to HB and other community organizations supporting service learning.
  • In 2011 alone, GROW awarded more than $6000 in grants to local and international organizations including Give a Kid a Backpack, Girls Club, Hospice of the Western Reserve, New Avenues to Independence and Daily Dose of Reading.
  • Having received a grant from the Cleveland Foundation's Crittendon Fund, GROW has funded programs that help at-risk adolescent girls.
  • Interested in applying for a grant? Apply online or download the application form.  Click here for the GROW Foundation brochure (PDF).
Student Council
  • An elected body of students representing each Advisor Group in the Middle School, the Student Council sponsors schoolwide service projects including the games component of Carnival and the Giving Tree.
  • Members address local hunger through participation in service projects to the Cleveland Foodbank.
  • The Recycling and Environmental Educators (TREE) is dedicated to environmentalism on and off campus.
  • Members organize and carry out on campus recycling.
  • As advocates for the environment TREE members raise awareness about sustainability and coordinate Earth Week activities.
Junior Gold Key
  • Trains and empowers students to serve as effective ambassadors of Hathaway Brown.
  • Student volunteers give tours during Open House,  host prospective students, participate in panel discussions and serve as advisor buddies to new students.
  • Junior Gold Key members are important liaisons between HB and the wider Cleveland community.

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