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Community Matters

Community is everything to us. We built the Van Aken District for all to gather, creating experiences that are inclusive to all and inviting to everyone.

We also strive to be a meaningful partner to those in our community and seek ways to give back. Here are some ways we’re proud to say we’ve partnered.

The Van Aken District Proudly Supports NewONEShaker

The Van Aken District Proudly Supports NewONEShaker

NewONEShaker collaborates with school districts and other organizations to create relationships, systems, and structures to help ensure equitable opportunities for Shaker students and families, while intentionally closing the achievement gap and improving outcomes for children of color. The Van Aken District is proud to support such a bold vision and the work that's being done to bring that vision to life.

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MLK Day Celebrations Culminate in Live DJ Event in the District

MLK Day Celebrations Culminate in Live DJ Event in the District

Shaker Schools PTO pivoted during the pandemic to host a virtual celebration for MLK Day. The celebration spanned weeks and ended with a live and widely watched live DJ event hosted within the District's Market Hall.

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SGORR Unites In the District

SGORR Unites In the District

This summer, Shaker Height School's Student Group on Race Relations (SGORR) was looking for spaces to gather and have meaningful conversation about race issues in America. Using the park within the District allowed them a safe space during COVID to do just that.

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Food Drive & Drop In The District

Food Drive & Drop In The District

The District had the opportunity to host a Food Drive and Drop event in support of Christ Episcopal and their Unity in the Community Emergency Food program. The goal was to to help collect non perishable food items and support those in most need in our community. Each food bag they pack includes items like tuna fish, mac and cheese, red pasta sauce, (plastic jars only, please), pasta, canned protein like beef stew, and canned fruit. Have fun and do good!

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SAMS Walks Unite our Community and Start in the District

SAMS Walks Unite our Community and Start in the District

Throughout the warmer months, the District has partnered with Shaker African American Moms (SAMS) to sponsor their SAMS walks which are open to all community members. T​he mission of SAMS is to provide support to African American mothers and to enrich families through strengthening knowledge of resources and providing a sense of community and a feeling of fellowship with others.

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