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Rebuilding Cleveland Class Explores Future

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Students are engaging themselves with Cleveland’s culture through the Rebuilding Cleveland class. The class is an elective for students in grades 10, 11 and 12. The design of this course allows students to learn about Cleveland not just inside, but outside the classroom. Mr. Ryan Ryzner, chair of the English department, was selected to teach Rebuilding Cleveland this year. He has been encouraging students to take this class to learn more about the city in which they live. Ryzner said the primary objective of this course is to introduce students to local history, current affairs, and the future of the city.

The class has been offered for six years and has evolved just like Cleveland. “There is a varied level in civic engagement,” Ryzner said. “Some students are really interested in the historical aspect, some are interested in getting involved in the city, and others are just interested in what’s going on.”

Some students are really interested in the historical aspect, some are interested in getting involved in the city, and others are just interested in what’s going on

Noah Broadbent (`15) said, “The field trips we took and the material we learned during class really helped me be more connected with a great city that I call my home.”

Rebuilding Cleveland is not the only way students can participate and learn more about their city. Students also have the opportunity to apply to the Leadership and Civic Learning internship. Ryzner adds, “This internship really provides a lot of flexibility if the student is interested in some occupation throughout the city.”

The field trips we took and the material we learned during class really helped me be more connected with a great city that I call my home

According to Rebuilding Cleveland students, the field trips are a major factor that makes this class interesting and tangible. The class takes approximately 12 to 15 field trips per semester. Joey Young (`15) said, “My favorite part of the class was the field trips. I was able to see Cleveland in a different light outside of the classroom. It was intriguing to read about the places we were visiting and then go see them.”

Rebuilding Cleveland students can see parts of the city that they might not have experienced before. Ryzner hopes that each student who takes Rebuilding Cleveland can “speak proudly of the city that they come from, and they would have a number of things to say that would make people understand that Cleveland is a really great place with lots of history, amenities, and culture.”