Spring Term with WASF Scholarship Recipient Ricky Lovell

Our 2017-2018 Kent State Student Academic Scholarship recipient, Ricky Lovell, had a very successful – and busy! – fall term in northeast Ohio. Ricky, a senior in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services’ integrated social studies education program, completed his teaching practicum at Nordonia High School, focusing on history, civics and American government courses. In October he attend a WASF-funded enrichment session at Euclid Park Elementary, engaging students during an interactive lesson focused on different adaptations animals have to have to be successful in their environments. 


The highlight of Ricky’s senior year, and perhaps his entire Kent State experience, is currently unfolding across the Atlantic Ocean. On Jan. 11, with the help of the WASF, Ricky journeyed to the Netherlands to begin his student teaching placement which lasts until early May. Ricky has been placed at t'Atrium school in the Netherlands where he is teaching economics and social studies, which Ricky says is “very dynamic as it is based on Dutch society.”

“This [class] provides a great platform to engage my students in cross cultural dialogue about different cultural norms,” Ricky says. “As the Netherlands has a large welfare state compared to the United States, it is very interesting to hear their world views and how they view the U.S. from an outside perspective.” Students at t'Atrium are exposed to a global perspective in the classroom, and all students partake in a week-long exchange program with schools in India and China to better understand eastern cultures. 


The teaching environment has also provided Ricky with different perspectives. “I have been very intrigued with how informal education is in the Netherlands as opposed to the U.S. Teachers typically wear jeans and a T-shirt to school and their relationships with students are much more like that of peer-mentor,” Ricky says.

When not in the classroom, Ricky is taking full advantage of his time in Europe. Having recently returned from a five-day stay in Barcelona, he intends to visit Paris, Berlin, Rome, Athens, Ireland and the UK before May. Ricky says “I am very eager to visit Athens and Rome as they are both major civilizations that social studies classes spend a lot of time on, yet we fail to discuss the modern version of these cities. I think it will be very enlightening to compare the modern city to the past golden ages.”

The Warren A. Sill Fund is proud to support adventurers like Ricky in and out of the classroom.

WASF Selects 2017-2018 Kent State University Student Scholarship Recipient

The Warren A. Sill Fund is excited to announce the recipient of its 2017-2018 Kent State Student Academic Scholarship, Ricky Lovell. Ricky is entering his senior year at Kent State in the integrated social studies education program.

Ricky has been an engaging presence on campus, serving on Kent Interhall Council for four years and the past two as its director of student relations. He has also helped to refresh the Education, Health, and Human Services learning community to better connect first-year students to the university and their academic programs.


Ricky spent his summer as the middle school village leader at YMCA Camp Surf in San Diego, California where he worked with a diverse group of middle school youths and engaged with peers from across the country and around the globe.

This fall Ricky will complete his remaining professional development courses, as well as his teaching practicum at a local secondary school. In the spring, with the help of WASF, Ricky will travel to Europe and complete his final semester of student teaching overseas, incorporating a truly global perspective into his development as an educator.


While not in the classroom, Ricky reads as much as possible. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a personal favorite. He draws inspiration from Atticus Finch and the character’s willingness to stand up for what he believes is right with grace and dignity, even when faced with great animosity from his peers. A northeast Ohio native, Ricky enjoys taking in events around Cleveland as well as cheering on the City’s sports teams.

The Warren A. Sill Fund welcomes Ricky to the family!



7 Reasons NOT to Miss Spring Out of Hibernation 2017

Don’t stay in this April Fool’s Day. Come have some fun to help Cleveland’s pre-K students!  

Who wouldn’t want to spend a Saturday night with friends, food, drinks, art – and arcade games?! Have an awesome evening with extra-fun surprises, all while sponsoring STEM education for pre-Kindergardeners in our community – at Warren A. Sill Fund’s 4th annual Spring Out of Hibernation event on April 1 at 78th Street Studios (Gordon Square Arts District).


Keep your quarters in your pocket – just have a blast challenging your high score with a selection of Superelectric Pinball Parlor’s favorite pinball machines specially delivered for the fun of April Fool’s Day. Perhaps you’re not a pinball wizard, and just want to come as a spectator – watch away! Our Superelectric friends will be in attendance to show you how it’s done.

2. Cleveland food & beer – need we say more?

On the “Spring Out” beer menu this year will be Heavy Seas, Sibling Revelry and Dogfish Head – who all made generous donations so you can drink as much hoppy goodness as your bleeding-CLE heart desires. (Don’t worry, wine-os: we’ve got you covered, too!) Plus! A sweet bonus: Top off your happy belly with a bit of Mitchell’s Ice Cream.  

3. 216 personalities

You won’t need to feel shy busting a move with Cleveland’s favorite local DJ – FreshProduce – known for always bringing “engaging, energetic, accessible hip hop” sets to their performances, according to their happy clients on Facebook.

Cueing them up will be News5’s Meg Shaw, our Spring Out of Hibernation host for the 2nd year running. 

4. Heart-warming reminders

Meet and greet a handful of our Kent State University scholarship recipients, who’ll catch you up on the amazing things they’ve been up to this past year.

Plus, you can get acquainted with the 4-year-olds who your ticket is also supporting. We’ve interviewed them all and shared their loves, hopes and dreams with you via fun-fact posters displayed throughout the event space. These are sure to give you #ALLthefeels.

((P.S. For every 5 tickets sold, another Cleveland Metropolitan School District classroom will have the opportunity to receive these invaluable benefits of a Children’s Museum of Cleveland visit. Click here to learn more about our cause.))

5. Art appreciation

You may already be familiar with 78th Street Studios and its “Third Friday”: a monthly event where community members can drop by the former American Greetings headquarters-turned-artsy-studio-space to view the creations of our city’s artists. We figured we couldn’t pick a better venue to have the Children’s Museum of Cleveland (CMC) give a little crafty preview of what they’ve been working on with students at Euclid Park Elementary this past year. Before you leave, don’t forget to snap some selfies with your besties at RGI Creative’s photobooth, offered for free just for the evening!  

6. Extras (prizes!!)

Throw your raffle tickets in the ring for some FANTASTIC prizes this year, including a YETI cooler, Cleveland Indians tickets, and an Arhaus furniture piece (to name a few!). Whether you’d like to head to see the Cleveland Orchestra play, get outta dodge to Pittsburgh for the weekend, or pick up some fashionable items – like a Banyan Tree leather bag or a Harness Cycle apparel gift card – there’s truly something for everyone!

7. You’ll be a hop-skip away from…

… the best nightlife Gordon Square has to offer after Spring Out of Hibernation concludes. While our past attendees can vouch for our after-party hits (stay tuned to see where we’ll be hosting this year!), 78th Street Studios is a short Uber ride away from some post-event boozy spots like XYZ the Tavern, Luxe Kitchen & Lounge, Happy Dog – and more!

Spring Out of Hibernation tickets are just $40! ($45 at the door) Bringing your whole crew? We offer discounts for group packages. Purchase here!

Meet the Warren A. Sill Fund’s 2016-2017 Student Academic Scholarship Recipient: Amanda Monarchino

The Warren A. Sill Fund Board of Directors is pleased to announce Amanda Monarchino as the recipient of our 2016-2017 student academic scholarship at Kent State University.

Amanda, entering her senior year at Kent State, is enrolled in the Middle Childhood Education program. She is also the founder and president of the Kent State Explorers, an outdoor pursuit group for Kent State students.

This summer, Amanda has been working as a teaching fellow with Breakthrough Collaborative in Minneapolis, Minnesota teaching eighth grade science classes to students looking for academic advancement during the summer break.

Amanda’s favorite quote on education is, “Students don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” She hopes to show her students that education is not only a way to do well in school, but also a means to navigate and contribute to the world.

Beginning this year, in conjunction with the Warren A. Sill Fund’s pilot project with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) and the Children's Museum of Cleveland (CMC), the WASF scholarship recipient will be volunteering in pre-K classrooms during CMC’s enrichment programming. The WASF hopes such collaborations will serve as a bridge that benefits both scholarship recipients and pre-K classrooms.

While not in the classroom, Amanda a self-described “adventure-lover” enjoys backpacking, rock-climbing, reading and long-distance running. She has conveyed her excitement to bring her talents to help the Warren A. Sill Fund achieve their goals this year.

We are happy to welcome Amanda to the Warren A. Sill Fund family!