Open Houses & Information Sessions
We provide opportunities for Clintonville families to meet other parents and Pathway teachers and principals in a casual setting. Our open houses allow parents to mingle, learn about what’s happening in the schools, and share information while fostering a sense of community. We hold information sessions at local preschools for young parents and at Ohio State for faculty and staff who want to learn more about Clintonville schools. We also have a presence in the community, with a table at the Clintonville Farmer’s Market once a season.
Annual Kindergarten Playdate and Sixth Grade Picnic
These events allow Pathway children to connect with their future classmates before school even begins. Kindergarten playdates, now in their third successful year, allow the little ones time to play and enjoy a popsicle, while parents meet their neighbors, teachers and school administrators. Beginning in 2014, incoming Dominion students enjoyed an evening picnic with food trucks while meeting their classmates, teachers and staff.
Community Fundraising for Pathway Schools
To date, Clintonville Go Public has raised more than $45,000 for Whetstone Pathway schools through community events, local business partnerships and crowd-funding.
In 2013 for our first community-wide fundraising campaign, we partnered with the Dominion Middle School Parent Teacher Student Organization to hold Prom Remix, a “prom for grown-ups” held in August 2013 in Clintonville that featured food and drinks, dancing, and a large silent auction. With help from many area businesses, the fundraiser generated more than $15,000 for The Dominion Middle School Beautification Project, which included updates to the library and entryway, artwork for the cafeteria, and new paint for several areas of the school.
In 2014, we held Masquerade at Strongwater, to raise funds for 21st Century Resources for both Dominion and Whetstone. The event raised over $15,000 to fund technological upgrades and field trips targeted at reducing the economic and social inequalities for students at Dominion Middle School and Whetstone High School. Scholarships were offered to high-need & high-achieving students to attend the annual Dominion Middle School Washington D.C. trip.
Crowdfunding and Community Organizing
On June 23, 2015, Lucky’s Market held a Clintonville Go Public Day, where a 10% of the sales of the day were donated to CGP to fund active Donors Choose projects submitted by teachers in our pathway schools. Due to amazing community turnout and overwhelming Principal support from Pathway elementary schools, the day raised $4,000 which funded direct teacher needs at Weinland Park Elementary, Como ES, Salem ES, and Dominion Middle School. For information on Clintonville Go Public’s giving, visit our Donors Choose profile.
To end 2015, Clintonville Go Public began a new tradition in philanthropy called #GivingTuesday. You know about Black Friday & Cyber Monday; perhaps you appreciate the value of Small Business Saturday. There are three days dedicated for getting deals, but one very important day for giving back. #GivingTuesday, a global social media giving movement to inspire personal philanthropy, is an opportunity to make an impact locally by supporting the direct needs of our neighborhood public schools. Gifts to Clintonville Go Public during the 2015 #GivingTuesday campaign allowed us to fully fund the WHS Braves Messenger Broadcast Room Go Fund Me.
In addition to #GivingTuesday, community support can continue throughout the year through the AmazonSmile program, a simple and automatic way for you to support your schools. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, select Clintonville Go Public as your favorite charitable organization.
To kick off 2016, Gordon Biersch Columbus held a Clintonville Go Public Happy Hour in February, where 10% of all sales were contributed to help us plan our next large-scale fundraising event! The family-friendly night included live music from the Clintonville DadBand, and Clintonville resident and Head Brewer, Keith Jackson, held a tapping ceremony. For photos from the great night and to stay current on upcoming events and school activities, like our Clintonville Go Public Facebook page.
Dominion Teachers' Lounge Makeover
Our young professionals group took on the task of modernizing the upstairs teachers’ lounge at Dominion Middle School with the blessing of the principal and the teachers’ representative. They spent hours planning and obtaining donations from local businesses, and volunteers spent a whole Saturday transforming the space: washing, painting, and accessorizing. Donations from Clintonville Go Public parents and Clintonville businesses including Beechwold Hardware, EcoFlora, Pittsburgh Paints, and Cornerstone Deli made the project possible.
Marketing & Publicity
Every day in our buildings, educators and students are doing amazing things! From a highly creative performing arts program, award winning chess teams, and champion athletes to co-curricular teacher teams inspiring young learners through educational field trips, classroom speakers, and academic competitions, the diverse schools in Whetstone Pathway are supported by their engaged community of parents and business partners. We simply shine a light on their stories and provide resources where there is need. We developed new school brochures, marketing materials for many of the Pathway schools, and continue to seek opportunities to elevate the success while also searching for solutions to teacher and school needs. The success of our community organizing was most recently featured in Columbus Monthly’s article, titled To Stay in the City with Kids, Parents Band Together to Improve Columbus Schools.