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!

The Warren A. Sill Fund Invests in Early Childhood Education

In 2016, The Warren A. Sill Fund will embark on an early education pilot program in partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) and the Children's Museum of Cleveland (CMC).

An extension of the Fund's mission to support innovative education initiatives in Northeast Ohio, the program will provide STEM-based extra-classroom programming to pre-kindergarten students at Euclid Park Elementary School. Beginning in August, the Museum's educators will visit the pre-k classroom at Euclid Park five times throughout the school year.

The students, all of whom come from economically disadvantaged homes, will receive hour-long sessions featuring creative and engaging curriculum designed to spur a life-long interest in learning. The program is the first of its kind for both CMSD and CMC.

The WASF Board believes that education investments are best made early in a child's school career and we are thrilled to help deliver this extraordinary opportunity to a deserving group of young students.