Issue 44 Winter 2018
Greetings from the Shaker Schools Foundation
Although it’s been cold outside, our hearts are warmed by the many people who support the work of the Shaker Schools Foundation. We are grateful to all of our donors, whether you give to the Annual Fund, purchased a street sign, participated in the Shaker 100 Challenge, made another gift, or are attending A Night for the Red & White. Thank you for expressing the value you place on a Shaker education through gifts to the Foundation.
Shaker Street Sign Project... An Update
The Shaker Schools Foundation has been overwhelmed – in a good way – by the response to the Shaker Street Sign Auction! To date, we have grossed more than $100,000 from the sale of the retired street signs that were graciously donated by the City of Shaker Heights. The proceeds will be placed in a dedicated fund to be used for exciting new initiatives that will benefit all Shaker students.

Current and former Shaker residents love their city as demonstrated by the photo of Bill Jacobson, class of 1966, now of Oro Valley, Arizona! The evidence includes the signs we shipped to almost all 50 states (including Alaska), Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom. We enjoyed hearing your stories and seeing photos of your purchases. We apologize for disappointments, and thank many of you for your patience.

In late January we published a list of unsold signs and through social media. These signs will be offered through an online sale on a first-paid basis. The sale will open at 9 a.m. EST on Monday, April 16 and close at 3 p.m. EST on Friday, April 20. Signs are priced at $50 each, and shipping and handling charges remain $18 per sign for those who are unable to pick up signs locally.    

Sincere thanks to all who supported the street sign auction, as well as to our mighty band of volunteers who assisted with this major undertaking!
The Red & White...26 Years!
This year marks the 26th year of A Night for the Red & White, the Shaker Schools Foundation’s annual “Black Tie Block Party” and fundraiser.

DATE: Saturday, March 10th
TIME: 7pm 
VENUE: Hilton Cleveland Downtown

This year’s event will launch the Shaker Innovation Fund. This initiative will take our International Baccalaureate pre-k through 12 program to the next level by enabling Shaker to provide more experiential learning to practice skills which will be in high demand in the modern economy. Please support this exciting new effort by purchasing tickets or making a donation to the Innovation Fund.

You can also purchase raffle tickets for a Grand Getaway: two round-trip tickets to your choice of Paris, London, or Rome with a three-night stay in the heart of the city. Raffle tickets will be sold online starting the week before the event. We hope to see you on the dance floor!
Finding their Zen
Four International Baccalaureate Diploma students, seniors Hana Flamm, Claire Hawk, Abigail Herbst, and Emma Neil, created a Zen Room within the nurse’s office at Shaker Heights High School as part of their IB Creativity, Action, and Service requirement. Their goal was to provide a soothing place for students to deal with anxiety, along with coping mechanisms to help them regain control of their emotions. Says nurse Paula Damm, “It has been very well received by the students. It’s not a place for kids to hide; I work with them on some strategies so we can get them back to class.”

The Foundation provided the funds for the soothing blue paint on the walls; a couch, table, lamp; accessories for the students to use while working through their anxiety, such as a whiteboard for expression and stress-relieving putty; and a miniature zen garden.

In Memoriam
The Shaker Schools Foundation community lost two longtime fund sponsors and friends in late 2017. Lucille Burkett (in November) and Dorothy Humel Hovorka (in December). If you wish to contribute to either of these funds in memory of these women, please visit our website.
Ms. Burkett became Head of Girls’ Physical Education for Shaker Heights High School in 1952, and later served as Coordinator for Physical Education & Athletics for the District until her retirement in 1986. She was an outstanding teacher, coach, and a national professional leader in her discipline, guided by her vision of providing quality physical education and sport for all, and she received many honors. The Lucille Burkett Fund, established upon Ms. Burkett’s retirement from Shaker, provides an annual award to an outstanding woman athlete who has contributed to the school community and achieved her academic potential.
Dorothy Humel Hovorka graduated from Shaker Heights High School in 1938. Though she worked in her family’s company for four decades, her passion was music. She performed as piano soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra on several occasions and served as president of its Women’s Committee and as a Musical Arts Association trustee. Ms. Humel Hovorka also was a member on the board of Case Western Reserve University and involved with organizations including University Circle, Inc. and the Cleveland Museum of Art. In 1990, she established the Dorothy Humel Hovorka Award for Scholastic Achievement with the Shaker Schools Foundation. The fund provides annual recognition to the highest achieving African American student in the junior class; a cash award is bestowed in the student’s senior year.
Take the Shaker 100 Challenge
To honor 100 years of Shaker graduates, the Shaker Schools Foundation initiated the Shaker 100 Challenge to receive 100 donations of $100 each to achieve a goal of $10,000. To date, 71 donors have contributed $7,610! (Some generously exceeded the suggested amount.) Thanks to these participants including Jeff Isaacs and Anne Borchert to the right, we need only 24 more donations to reach our goal. To help us bring the Challenge to completion, visit our website to make your gift. Thank you.
The Shaker Schools Foundation Salutes its 2018
Corporate Sponsors
Arminius Foundation | Baker Hostetler LLP | Grand Tours |Huntington Bank
Tucker Ellis LLP

KeyBank National Association | Squire Patton Boggs LLP | Ulmer & Berne LLP

Boyco! | Calvetta Brothers Floor Show | CIMA Plastics Group | C.P. Braman & Co., Inc DDR Corp. | First National Bank | Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. | Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP Hogan Transportation | Legacy Capital Partners | Liberty Ford Solon | Van Auken Akins Architects | Walter Haverfield LLP

Copy King | EnviroChemical | Meritech
Your Gifts at Work
Already this year, with thanks to our donors, the Foundation is supporting projects like:

• Yoga for Fernway and Mercer elementary school students
• A dancer-in-residence at Onaway Elementary School (pictured to the right)
• Purchase of a new bass amplifier for the Middle School jazz band
• Transformation of classroom 130 into Studio 130 for the High School theatre arts department
• A guest choreographer to work with High School Chanticleers.
Make a Gift
The Shaker Schools Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and gratefully accepts contributions via mail or online. All gifts are tax-deductible. Ways to give:
• Express your appreciation of a special teacher (or teachers) through a contribution. Unless you request otherwise, we will share your name (but not the amount of your gift) with the teacher(s).  
• Make a legacy gift to the endowment. Your bequest, trust, or other planned gift will help sustain the Foundation for the long term and ensure its ongoing service to Shaker’s students. We invite you to include the Foundation in your estate planning.  
• Endow a seat in Shaker Heights High School’s Large Auditorium, in honor of a special teacher, in your own name, or in the name of other family members, friends, or (if appropriate) your Shaker graduating class. Each endowed seat has its own nameplate, and one seat can be named for $500.
• Participate in special projects that directly impact our students. These include international travel, the Learning Garden, and the new Innovation Fund.
Stay Connected with Us
Thomas Wise, President
Holly Coughlin, Executive Director
Sue Starrett, Director of Development
Erica Verderber, Administrative Assistant
Holly Wang, Development Associate
Jennifer Proe, Social Media & Marketing Associate
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