Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan joined the students and staff of Students with a Goal (SWAG) last month at the Summit Lake Community Center for a Christmas party and to receive a collection of pictures taken by several SWAG students. The pictures were published in a book entitled Beauty in our Neighborhood as part of the Leaven Lens program to train students on the art of photography. The effort is part of an apprenticeship program supported by Tim Fitzwater, Shane Wynn and the League of Creative Interventionists. Photographs from local adult photographers are included in the picture books, which are available for sale as part of a fundraiser for SWAG. If interested, send an email to swagexec@gmail.com.

Chuck Jones, president and CEO of FirstEnergy, received the Cleveland Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s 2018 Humanitarian of the Year Award prior to the Cleveland Cavaliers-Golden State Warriors game this month at Quicken Loan Arena. The award was presented by the Rev. Aaron Phillips of the Sure House Baptist Church and the Rev. Theophilus Caviness of The Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church.

Philadelphia-based Dietz & Watson presented a check for $7,500 to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank this month at the Giant Eagle on State Road in Cuyahoga Falls. Through the Families Helping Families program, Dietz & Watson works with partner supermarkets to encourage consumers to purchase Dietz & Watson products to support a local charity or organization within retailers’ communities.

St. Sebastian Parish School’s second-grade students and teachers spearheaded a “change bandits” fundraiser last month to benefit Cornerstone of Our Faith, a campaign for the restoration of St. Sebastian Church. The student body donated $684.72 worth of coins — far exceeding the $500 goal and earning the whole school a dress down day. As of Jan. 15, more than $900,000 in cash and pledges have been received toward the $1 million campaign goal. Restoration projects include repairing and refinishing the terrazzo floors, marble floors, pews, kneelers, shrines, woodwork and brass; replacing the lighting and doors; improving the sound system; and redesigning the front plaza as well as the main and south entrances to improve accessibility. The projects are planned for completion in time for the parish’s 90th anniversary celebration on Nov. 10.

Sixth-grader Elle Burkhalter placed first in St. Hilary School’s spelling bee this month. Seventh-grader Vivian Brown was runner-up. The two will represent the school at the Summit County Spelling Bee on Feb. 10 at the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties helped 9,390 individuals in 2017 through a number of services that offer assistance to people struggling to find employment, including career exploration and advising; resume and interview preparation; skill identification; work experience opportunities; skills training, and job coaching, development and placement. The agency will formally present 2017 service numbers at its Annual Meeting and Celebration of Champions event in March. “We are grateful to our generous donors as well as shoppers in the counties we serve. Their support enables us to continue our mission of helping individuals prepare for, find and retain employment,” said Gregory Morton, Goodwill’s vice president, mission services and public relations.

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