Alissa Danckaert-Skovira teaches writing at Kent State University. She has a background in English and history, and she enjoys anything and everything to do with research and writing. Her interests include historic preservation, politics, gardening, and all things Akron.
Alissa writes as part of an ongoing engagement with Akron, Ohio, supported by the Knight Foundation. Learn more about it here.
Can stronger schools help a city grappling with an identity crisis get residents to put down roots? In Akron, Ohio, another transformation, driven not by celebrity philanthropy but by local partnerships, is sweeping through the school system.
To visit the Hapi Fresh Farmer’s Market in Akron, Ohio, is to see the beginning of a journey. Seeds have been planted to draw in more residents, more businesses, and to nurture a return to prosperity for the neighborhood.
A neglected church building in Akron, Ohio has been transformed into a hub for nonprofits, innovation and community.
A unique competition at the University of Akron enables students to realize their entrepreneurship dreams.