Kelly Misch 440-285-4052, ext. 409

Topper Staff Members of the Month

Heidi Marks and Brent Hilston will be highlighted at Chardon schools’ Topper Staff Members of the Month for the district’s first Topper Talk newsletter for the 2020-2021 school year.

The district stated that it is proud to have Mrs. Marks, now in her 12th year of service with Chardon schools, currently serving as a recess aide at Maple School and a latchkey supervisor at Munson Elementary. Mrs. Marks is a lifelong resident of Chardon and a Chardon High School alumna.

Chardon Middle School STEM teacher Mr. Hilston began his teaching career 15 years ago in Hickory, North Carolina. His career includes the past five years and counting with Chardon. Mr. Hilston currently teaches CMS STEM elective courses for grades five through seven.

To learn more about Mrs. Marks and Mr. Hilston and to find more updates from the schools, subscribe to the Topper Talk electronic newsletter by emailing Communications Director Kelly Misch at

CHS helps Gearity schools

In September, Chardon High School students in teacher Rob Mizen’s Chardon Service Learning class helped pack and distribute more than 4,000 pounds of produce delivered by Greater Cleveland Food Bank to Gearity Professional Development Elementary School in University Heights. The Chardon students then helped distribute the free produce to the Gearity community while on-site at the school.

This service opportunity for CSL students is made possible by the Cleveland Food Bank’s School Market program, an initiative developed to reach more children and young families at risk of hunger. CSL students have been regularly volunteering at Gearity since the program was established at the school in 2019.

Community garden underway

Chardon High School’s Chardon Service Learning Class, advised by teachers Rob Mizen and Scott Brown, embarked this fall on the initial phase of building a community garden adjacent to the school’s tennis courts.

Thus far, the project has CSL students actively involved in digging and rototilling the land and building raised beds. Community partner RW Sidley, Inc. donated 200 cinder blocks for the garden beds.

With a change in weather imminent in Chardon, the project will be on hiatus during the winter and then resume in the spring. Once completed in 2021, the fenced community garden will be open to the school’s students and staff.

District partnership to close gaps

Chardon Local Schools partnered with Kids Read Now, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and their Comprehensive Summer Reading Program to help close a potential achievement gap if there is a needed school or district shift to emergency remote learning (ERL) in 2020-2021 due in response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

Kids Read Now’s Comprehensive Reading Program delivers eight new books to Chardon schools’ kindergarten through third-grade students weekly and includes multicultural, bilingual, fiction and nonfiction titles in the district’s classrooms. These books are mailed directly to students’ home addresses, and no in-home technology is required. Each book includes guided discussion questions to help increase family engagement. A bonus ninth book of writing prompts concludes the program so children can write their own stories.

To learn more about Kids Read Now and their programs, visit

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