The 2019-2020 school year was a year unlike any before, unlike anything we expected.

But through the determination of our students and families, the ingenuity of our teachers and staff, and the support of our volunteers and donors, we found ways to persevere, adapt and most of all, STAY CONNECTED.

Welcome to the Intergenerational Schools 2019-2020 Annual Report

Dear Friends,

The 2019 – 2020 school year was one for the history books. When we entered the buildings in the fall, we never would have imagined ending the school year learning remotely. The pivot from in-person learning to remote learning was challenging, but our community of Lifelong Learners rallied together to rise to the occasion!

At the core of the Intergenerational Schools’ remote learning plan were centering relationships and recommitting to Lifelong Learning. We took this as an opportunity to dig into our roots as an innovative community-centered learning institution. We were determined to continue delivering high-quality education despite the unprecedented circumstances. The response from our teachers, administrators, and staff was swift and strong. A few of our accomplishments include:

  • Connecting with 98% of our students by the end of the first week of remote learning
  • Providing 53 hot spot devices with wireless internet service to any student who expressed a need
  • Providing 395 Chromebooks to any student who expressed a need
  • Engaging 250 students in summer school and leveraging our social media channels to provide weekly Storytime, Art Lessons, and Yoga classes to everyone.

This year’s Annual Report lifts the stories of our families, teachers, students, and volunteer Learning Partners. Innovative Intergenerational Learning took student writing out of the classroom and into an audiobook recording project, complete with music composed and performed by a student. Specials Teachers kept students' bodies moving and creativity flowing, all while keeping families connected to the school community throughout quarantine. And missing the quality education, engagement, and support provided by the Intergenerational schools, the Floyd family returned to Lakeshore this Fall.

school is where students learn

All of these experiences contributed to the development of our 2020 – 2021 Boundless Learning Reopening Plan. We are saddened to not begin the school year in the buildings with our students, but we also know school is where students learn. Our job as educators is to be the conduit by which students receive instruction, no matter where or how they are connecting. These are new waters for all us, but the opportunity to meet the needs of our families by delivering a high-quality education in a remote environment is invigorating. We look forward to the innovation and new partnerships formed during this year of Boundless Learning!


Brooke King, Executive Director, Intergenerational Schools

Stories from Our Schools

When school shut down statewide in March, schools across Ohio were forced to adapt. For Dennia Floyd and her daughter Honor, Lakeshore's response highlighted what makes the Intergens such a welcoming and special place for our students.


Ms. Tribuzzo's Applying Stage English and Language Arts class spent two months writing, rewriting and perfecting a work of fiction. But this was only the beginning of their creative endeavors, and a volunteer is helping bring their stories to a wider audience.

The Characters We Root For:
The Boscars at Near West

The Characters We Root For

Ms. Tribuzzo’ students worked tirelessly with her to create characters that readers would want to root for—“round” characters rather than flat, with quirks, personalities and relationships that matter.

And in the end, they succeeded.

Ms. Tribuzzo was moved to tears by a few characters, and months after he sat on the judging panel, Friends of the Intergenerational Schools board member Kelly Lytle couldn’t stop thinking about the stories he had read.

He proposed the idea of putting his professional experience and connections to work to elevate the Boscars stories even further, by transforming the ten winning stories into an audiobook. Mr. Lytle had previously worked as a producer for a major audiobook production company, convinced his colleagues to volunteer as narrators, audio mixers and musicians to make the idea a reality.

“The kids freaked out. They were so excited,” said Ms. Tribuzzo, who had been sharing all the positive feedback she had been getting about the project with the class. The winner of Best Disaster Story proposed that Mariah Carey should narrate his story. Niko Antolik, whose grandmother taught him how to play piano beginning when he was six years old, mused that he could compose the musical introduction.

Mariah Carey doesn’t typically narrate audiobooks, but Kelly and the team did engage Niko to compose a melody for the audiobook, taking his inspiration from Debussy’s Children’s Corner, which evokes a wide array of moods, just as the Boscars collection does.

Mr. Lytle isn’t just a board member for Friends of the Intergenerational Schools. As a volunteer Learning Partner, he had spent the 2019-2020 school year meeting once a week with students to discuss readings and learn from one another. Getting to know Ms. Tribuzzo’s students through their stories, Mr. Lytle found himself rooting for them just as he rooted for the characters they created.

“It deepened so many relationships, that unit. So many of those stories were way deeper than they even grasped. They revealed so much of themselves in their stories,” Ms. Tribuzzo said. “It’s hard to put into words as a teacher. It’s just so cool and so special.”

Art is one way for our families to stay connected virtually, but Mrs. Lowery didn't stop with just online classes. She and her fellow "specials" teachers made it their mission to keep in touch with every Intergens family every week during the spring shutdown.

The Art of Conversation:
A Connected Summer

Pandemic Pivot

In what felt like an instant, the nature of school completely changed.

Our families rely on the Intergens not just for personalized, adaptive education, but also for a safe place for children to spend the day, a connection to resources like free and reduced lunches, and the sense of community so central to our mission.

We knew that maintaining instruction was just the tip of the iceberg for staying connected to our families.

Mike And Hannah Mike And Hannah

Our Pandemic Pivot - A Timeline

Distance Learning

Live Check-Ins

Daily Live Check-Ins

Our specials teachers continued to provide art instruction, yoga practice, music class and physical education and took on the added responsibility of calling our families each day.

Digital Access

Digital Access

Ensuring Digital Access

Each day, classes met on Zoom for live check-ins. Friends got to greet each other, teachers were able to see how students were doing, and everyone was able to stay connected.

Wellness Wednesday

Special Connections

Art, Yoga and Phys. Ed.

Our specials teachers continued to provide art instruction, yoga practice, music class and physical education and took on the added responsibility of calling our families each day.

Staying Social

Staying Social

Staying Social

Intergens teachers and friends organized Spirit Week, storytime, a scavenger hunt and many other ways to stay engaged throughout the spring and summer.

2019-2020 By the Numbers

Volunteer hours

Subjects taught by licensed teachers


Third graders who met 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee requirements for promotion to 4th grade

Student-teacher ratio

Our students come from:

Community % of Students
CommunityCleveland % of Students66%
CommunityEuclid % of Students12%
CommunityCleveland Heights % of Students5%
CommunityGarfield Heights % of Students3%
CommunityRichmond Heights % of Students2%
CommunityEast Cleveland % of Students2%
CommunitySouth Euclid % of Students1%
CommunityParma % of Students1%
CommunityUniversity Heights % of Students1%
CommunityMaple Heights % of Students1%
CommunityNorth Olmsted % of Students1%
CommunityLyndhurst % of Students1%
CommunityLyndhurst % of Students1%

Enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year

Community % of Students
CommunityLakeshore % of Students233
CommunityNear West % of Students254
CommunityTIS-East % of Students247
CommunityTotal % of Students734

Supporting Our Schools

We're doing more with (even) less.

The Intergenerational Schools receive 28% less per-student funding than the average Ohio public school district. By running a lean operation, the Intergens are able to keep the average per-student spend at $10,500. This is 10% less than the average Ohio public school district. However, we are still left with a $500,000 funding gap—that’s about $700 per student.

The Governor announced FY20 State Budget cuts in June, including $300 million in K-12 education funding.  Ohio charter schools received an $89/FTE reduction for Fiscal Year 2020. In total, the cut reduced the schools' FY20 state funding by $65,771 (TIS-$21,924, NWIS-$23,077, LIS-$20,770).

Per-student tax revenue and spending

Avg. Ohio public district

Tax Revenue
$ 13,092
$ 11,953

The Intergens

Tax Revenue
$ 10,204
$ 10,889
per student

Your support fills the gap.

Friends of the Intergenerational Schools is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization positioned to raise funds on behalf of the Intergens to close this funding gap. Over the course of the 2019-2020 school year, Friends of the Intergenerational Schools disbursed $418,000 to our schools to support instruction, innovation and connection.

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