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Invested in the future of our youth, Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coach Mike Brown and his wife Carolyn have reconnected with the Cleveland community and are working hand-in-hand with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to improve the culture and lives of thousands of students. On Wednesday, January 8th, the Brown family, alongside Cavs players Henry Sims, Sergey Karasev, Matthew Dellavedova and Anthony Bennett, had the honor of cutting the ribbon to open the Cavaliers’ first high school Resource Library & Technology Center. This also kicks off the Brown’s initiative at the school to encourage all students to not only graduate, but pursue higher education at technical, two-year or four-year institutions.
“We are very proud to be back in the Cleveland community and working closely with John Marshall High School to influence students’ aspirations for post-secondary education,” said Carolyn Brown. “We’re looking forward to continuing to be a part of these student’s lives as they work toward graduation day and the start of their next chapter.”
Watch Video: Resource Center Grand Opening
With support from Wamelink-Ritenour Restoration, Central Graphics, Lisa Cencula, Fathead, Wayside Furniture and Sherwin Williams, the Brown family and the Cavs completely renovated the John Marshall High School library to inspire students’ interest in higher education. Renovations included a fresh coat of paint on the walls courtesy of Sherwin Williams, custom graphics and life-size player cut-outs courtesy of Fathead, a new study area with furniture provided by Wayside Furniture, two reconditioned display cases, new wireless cards for each of the library’s computers, new school supplies and inspiring quotes posted throughout the room. Additionally, each John Marshall teacher received a customized Fathead of their alma mater for their classroom.
“We’re extremely thankful for the incredible support from Mike and Carolyn, as well as the entire Cavaliers organization,” said John Marshall Principal Byron Hopkins. “The Resource Library & Technology Center opening is the perfect kickoff to a larger initiative to encourage higher education throughout our district.”
As part of a new program that Carolyn Brown is spearheading for John Marshall High School, students who meet specific academic guidelines will each receive a college sweatshirt to the college or university they wish to attend. This reward serves as a tangible benchmark for their hard work and a visible sign to their classmates, faculty members and community that they are committed to working toward their dreams and goals. In the spring, John Marshall will host an “Academic Signing Day” to congratulate those who are moving forward with their education.