The Following Programs are Subsidiaries of the Focus on Education Organization

District Advisory Council (DAC):

The DAC is a committee/council of parents, students, and other community members, working together in collaboration on educational issues. This council provide feedback and insight from the parents’ perspective on school process, policies, and initiatives.

Mrs. Short has served the Cleveland DAC for over 35 years and continues to host meetings every Third Saturday Afternoon, at the Cleveland Public Library, Rice Branch.

Arts of Peace:

This 3-part-activity Program has been in operation under the leadership of Mrs. Lucille Short, since (1989). It begins on the last Saturday of the month of September, with the Arts of Peace Parade. Students, parents, community activist, along with other neighborhood groups, including the Cleveland Police Department; March in the parade from Nathan Hale/Mt. Pleasant School and end with a Health Fair at Luke Easter Park.


In the month of October, utilizing prek-12th grade children from across the City of Cleveland, the Arts of Peace Non-violence Arts and Cultural Talent Showcase is held at one of the District’s High Schools. Through the expression of Visual & Performing Arts, young people expression their feelings about violence/non-violence at school, in the home and in the  community.


In the month of April of the following year, the Arts of Peace Appreciation Luncheon is hosted for all the volunteers, student participants and parents of the program.

Grandparents At-it-Again:

The Grandparents At-it-Again Program was developed out of pure necessity. Mrs. Short and committee members attend and host many different kind of parent meetings throughout the communities; and somewhere around (1993-94) she begin to notice the increase of “Grandparents having to raise their grandchildren” and the difficultly navigating the school system.

Therefore, in order to help address the needs of these “New Type of Parents”, through the Grandparents At-it Again Program, Mrs. Short is able to disseminate information, collaborate and network with civil groups who are able to meet the needs of these unique parents and children; and through this program, parent trainings are being held—to teach them how to help their children in school and how to interact with the school system. This program was created in 1995 and is still very much active today.

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