The Canton City School District values our local businesses, volunteer organizations, churches, and non-profit organizations as they partner with us to ensure both the academic and non-academic needs of our students are addressed. We have highlighted several on this page and will continue to recognize these invaluable resources. 


    Our partnership with the Browns emphasizes the importance of attendance in being a successful student. The mission of the Get 2 School Network is to prioritize attendance by connecting us to resources aimed at tackling chronic absenteeism. The Cleveland Browns Foundation, Ohio Department of Education and Harvard Proving Ground provide studenta and family support in our mission of improving our attendance.

    Kick-Off Kid


    McKinley Senior High School hosts College Application Day on the McKinley Main campus. Over 30 colleges and universities were present at the 2019 event. Admission representatives worked with McKinley seniors who completed applications for admission. Mount Union's Financial Aid department with assistance from McKinley counselors help students fill out the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 


    The Akron Zoo’s unique program focuses on building social and emotional skills and literacy by bringing in zoo animals and introducing them to children. In the first of the three visits, students looked at the animals. On the second visit, they watched them move in a confined space, and finally on the third visit, the animals moved freely in the circle of students, and the kids could touch them. This was paid for by the PNC Foundation and we look forward to continuing the program next year.

    The program is designed to help students develop empathy, literacy skills, word recognition and understanding of others' feelings. A grant from the PNC Foundation made this partnership possible. Through the program, each participating student has the opportunity to visit the Akron Zoo on a field trip at the end of the school year.

    zoo kids


    Just a reminder, the annual Fathers Walk Your Child to School Day is Thursday, Sept. 19. On this day fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, and other significant male caregivers and role models are encouraged to walk or drive their children to school to show their support of their education. We don’t discriminate against our female role models. All are welcome. Many of our elementary and middle school buildings are planning special events that morning. We will list them in the next eNewsletter coming out on Friday.

    Fathers walk


    Artful Living is a local program that introduces area preschoolers to the arts.

    Artful Living offers instruction in music, dance, visual arts, drama and literature right in our own classrooms. It is sponsored by several local foundations.


    The partnership with Harvard Proving Ground is a productive collaboration with 8 other school districts across the country to learn about best practices, implementation and new interventions specifically focused on chronic absenteeism, with the overall goal being increased student achievement. Proving Ground works with our district to help us identify and test possible solutions based on our student population.


    We are pleased to have the ACE Mentor Program coming in for our high school students beginning in January. ACE stands for Architecture, Construction, and Engineering and is a free after school program for those who want to lrarn about career paths in the design and construction industry. 


    The Canton Ex-Newsboys Association is a 100% charitable organization, providing needy children in our district with clothing and shoes since 1950. One hundred percent of donations and money from the sale of their annual newspaper are used for purchasing shoes, clothing, and coats for children, ages kindergarten through 12th grade. 


    Four Alumni Associations support the continuing education of our students through scholarship opportunities:

    Canton McKinley Alumni Association

    Lehman Alumni Association

    Lincoln Alumni Association

    Timken Alumni Association


    The district host its Black History Celebration at Umstattd Hall each year. Honorees are members of the community who have had an influencial role in the lives of our students and school family.



    Each year our McKinley football team and fans purchase pink hats and shirts that allow players to wear pink for a game in October, while supporting the Josette Beddell Memorial Foundation. The non-profit is lead by Mary Beddell, a McKinley graduate whose mother died of breast cancer, and helps those suffering from the disease pay for immediate needs.

    Other key partners include:

    First Tee of Canton