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Pearl Academy students beautify Old Brooklyn

Pearl Academy students took their artistic talents to the streets of Old Brooklyn in preparation for Pop UP Pearl, a community fair that will take place July 13 along Pearl Road between Wildlife Way and State Road.

The students used stencils to paint designs on windows at local retailers to beautify the area for Pop UP Pearl, which draws thousands from the neighborhood as well as from across the city to enjoy live music, a pop-up skate park, food, pop-up shops, artists and vendors.

“The students also planted flowers for the same event,” said Sharon Jones, administrator of Pearl Academy. “The flowers are being planted for the duration of the summer, so we in essence are helping to beautify Old Brooklyn.”
Jones said Pearl Academy art teacher Erin Barry created the stencils for not only Pearl Academy students, but the other students from area schools who also painted windows. Pearl Academy intervention specialist Kristle George coordinated the planting and even incorporated it into her lessons. 

“Kristle George volunteered to take 10 students to plant flowers on Pearl Road for Pop UP Pearl,” said Jones. “She integrated curriculum by first teaching about plants, then planting them. She created opportunities to teach life skills to her students with special needs. She integrated academics, hands-on life skills and created memories as the students learned. Local retailers will water the plants during the summer, so the students’ work will stay in bloom throughout the season.”

Pearl Academy will have a booth open during Pop UP Pearl to offer information about the school to the community.
Pop UP Pearl will take place from noon until 6 p.m. For more information about the event, visit the website

For more information about Pearl Academy, visit

If you’re interested in learning more about Pearl Academy and would like to interview Maggie Ford, chief academic officer at White Hat Management, call 330-535-6868 or email

About the Academies:
Pearl Academy
4850 Pearl Road
Cleveland, Ohio
216-741-3204 (fax)

The Academies are tuition-free community schools in Ohio providing a safe, disciplined and nurturing learning environment for students in kindergarten through eighth grades. Currently, there are 14 academies throughout Ohio — in Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Youngstown, with a new school opening in Lakewood in 2013. The Academies are a haven for parents caught between frustration with traditional public schools and the expense of private schools. When a child comes to The Academies, he or she enters a safe, clean, positive and caring environment built on respect. The Academies are committed to helping parents and children overcome obstacles so students can reach their full academic potential. For more information about The Academies, visit

About White Hat Management
White Hat Management contracts and assists nonprofit corporations that hold charters or see a need for a charter school in their community. White Hat Management operates 33 schools in three states under the auspices of two separate educational ventures. The Academies are tuition-free and are open to students in grades K-8 throughout the state of Ohio. Life Skills Centers are alternative education charter schools serving students between the ages of 16 and 21 in Ohio, Colorado and Arizona.

121 S. Main St.
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