Thank you for engaging in the two week Celebration of Beloved Community in honor of Rev. Dr.  Martin Luther King, Jr.! While the MLK Day holiday may be over, we encourage you to further the work Dr. King championed in numerous ways.


Continue family discussions! 

Over 2,400 copies of the Life & Teachings of Dr. King booklets were mailed to Shaker Schools families plus social media posts highlighting these topics were shared across the community every day. The digital learning guide can be found Here. It will stay available for you to download and share as often as needed. The book suggestions and online links provided are great ways to continue learning together.


Acts of Kindness! 

The Donations Drive was a huge success! Bellefaire, Family Promise, Fostering Hope, and Unity in Community would all like to express their sincere gratitude for the overwhelming generosity of our Shaker community. No matter how big or small, remember Dr. King’s words, “What are you doing for others?”    


Call to Action! 

The live streamed Celebration with a Cause, a joyous event highlighting many students and local organizations, was viewed nearly 600 times. Though this one day only show has ended, the work to create a more beloved Shaker continues. Consider ways you and your family can make a mark in our community. 


Visit the Wishing Tree!

The SHHS Art Club has created a community art project in honor of Dr. King. Add your wish for our Beloved Shaker Heights to a ribbon then tie it around the tree in front of the high school. The Wishing Tree will be up until February 15th.


Keep Learning!

Read The Racial Healing Handbook, by Anneliese A. Singh and recommended by Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder, Shaker Schools Executive Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.


This city-wide focus on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was supported and organized by countless volunteers. A list of all partners involved can be found at below.



Thank you to the many organizations who worked with Shaker PTO for the #BelovedCommunity Learning Project and Celebration. 


Student Group on Race Relations (SGORR)-

Minority Achievement Committee (MAC) Scholars Program

Shaker Family and Community Engagement Center -

Shaker Heights High School Club Youth Ending Hunger 

The Shaker Heights Bridges Program

Shaker Heights High School Student Council 

Art assistance from Shaker Students Abi Walicke and Sarah Ritley

Shaker Heights Board of Education -

Shaker Schools Foundation


City of Shaker Heights Human Relations Task force -

Shaker Heights Public Library (SHPL) -

City of Shaker Heights Neighborhood Revitalization 


Minorities Together Movement -

League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, Shaker Heights Chapter

Shaker African American Moms Support (SAMS) -

Shaker Mutual Aid -

Shaker Heights Anti Racism coalition - Follow on social media @SHARC216

Van Aken District -

Shaker MyCom (

 Shaker Arts Council -


Moreland Theatre


Shaker Heights Boys Scout Troop 15 

Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio 

Daisy Troop 70403

Brownie Troop 70148

Brownie Troop 71655

Troop 70893

Troop 70215


A special thanks to

John Dutton and Doremus Thomas for IT Support,

DRV PhotoVideo 

Shirley McCormack for Social Media Support and 

DJ services provided by DJ 'R.Y said it'.



See PTO Council's YouTube Channel for recordings of building meetings and presentations.



Support the Shaker Heights businesses that feed us!

Honor our beloved community, and the restaurants and businesses that nourish us with good food! During these 2 weeks of learning and connection, please support these Shaker businesses by ordering carry-out, purchasing a gift card, or writing a great review. Click here for contact information. 

Planners are organizing a donation drive to serve the needs of those around us and there will be ways to make donations and several ways to give. Click here for detailed information.