Threads of Wisdom
Ralph Singh's “Story's to Light Our Way”
Highlighted in CNY Central’s Brandon Roth’s report with Principal Michael Smolnik at Cleveland Elementary, Nat’l Blue Ribbon and School Of Character winner
Cleveland Elementary was on display for Central NY and the world to see, as Principal Michael Smolnik and the students hosted CNY Central (WSTM) reporter Brandon Roth live yesterday morning to celebrate and highlight the great achievements of the school in rising from the bottom 10% nationally only 6 years ago to win both a Nat’l Blue Ribbon School award, in 2010, one of only 400 in the nation recognized in a given year, and both a NY State and Nat’l School of Character Award (1 of 20 nationally) in 2013. They are 1 of only 41 schools in the nation to have won both awards.
Throughout the cast, 5th graders were onstage performing readers’ theatre selections from Ralph Singh’s “Stories to Light Our Way,” which figured prominently in their K-5 character ed program.
Ralph had begun working with Cleveland through fmr. Superintendent Dr. Gerald Melvin and then Principal Michael Eiffe. Current Principal, Michael Smolnik and his wonderful staff of teacher’s, Helen Boles, Diane Mawe, Autumn Sutton, and Elva Greene, and Jennifer Pointdexter, have carried on and expanded the program to its current level, for which they were awarded the State and National awards.
The initial work at Cleveland was sponsored largely through the kindness of Pathfinder Bank. Since then our other sponsor Customers Bank and other kind donors have allowed us to expand the programs beyond Cleveland to a regional, national level, and even international level.