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Education is one of the pillars of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ community efforts and as part of that, the organization recognizes exemplary teachers and students throughout Northeast Ohio. Each month during the regular season, the Cavs select one teacher and one student to receive the team’s Head of the Class and All-Star Kids awards, respectively.
Head of the Class recognizes teachers in Northeast Ohio that make a difference in their students’ lives both inside and outside of the classroom. February’s winner was Katie Vento, a special education teacher at Parma Senior High School, where she always puts forth her best effort and is dedicated to teaching. She is known for always being positive and having a smile on her face. Ms. Vento truly cares about her students and puts them first every day. She works with other local school districts to organize an annual luau for students who aren’t able to attend traditional school dances.
Ms. Vento enjoyed a school visit from Cavs in-arena host Ahmaad and mascot Moondog, who presented her with a $500.00 donation to use towards her classroom. Ms. Vento also received tickets and club passes for complimentary food and beverage to the February 13th Cavs game, where she was honored at center court.
All-Star Kids recognizes students who set a positive example for their peers. February’s winner was Antonio Mireles, a fourth grader at Puritas Community Elementary in Cleveland, where he makes the honor roll every quarter and is the first to volunteer for various classroom tasks. He won the school-wide spelling bee this year and last; and he is quick to congratulate other students on their success. Antonio also helps younger students with their reading through the school’s Kindergarten Reading Buddies program.
Ahmaad and Moondog surprised Antonio at school to present him with tickets and club passes for complimentary food and beverage to the February 23rd Cavs game, where he was honored at center court. He will also receive a pizza party for his class at a later date.
Complete information on Head of the Class, All-Star Kids and the rest of the Cavs community programs can be found online at cavs.com/community.